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Switch Adapted Bluetooth Headset for Quadriplegics and Physically Disabled Cell Phone Users

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Enjoy the ability to answer, place and end calls all with a simple touch on your ability switch, Sip-n-Puff switch, or wheelchair environmental control unit ECU port!

 

 

Picture of a typical TASH ability switch which plugs into the ETO Engineering EasyBlue! switch adapted bluetooth headset to allow someone who is a quadriplegic or physically disabled to more easily press the activation button on the Bluetooth headset and gain the ability to answer, hangup and voice dial contacts.

Picture of a typical button switch which is plugged into the switch adapted Bluetooth headset

 

If you have tried a Bluetooth headset but found that you can't easily press the small button that is required to activate the headset, a switch adapted Bluetooth headset may allow you to operate the headset using an accessible ability switch instead of the small hard to reach button found on all Bluetooth headsets.  Connect any standard ability switch, sip-n-puff switch, or wheelchair environmental control unit ECU port into the switch adapted Bluetooth headset's jack, then simply press your accessible switch to make, answer or end calls from your Bluetooth cell phone.  There is no need to press that tiny button on the Bluetooth headset or any buttons on the phone. 

 

Use the  ability switch, sip-n-puff switch, or wheelchair environmental control unit ECU port to:

 

How does a Switch Adapted Bluetooth Headset Work?

  1. Your cell phone needs to support Bluetooth

  2. Your cell phone needs to support voice dialing over Bluetooth

  3. You need to find and plug in an accessible ability switch into your switch adapted Bluetooth headset. 

  4. You simply press the ability switch to answer, hang up, and make phone calls rather than having to press the typically small button required on all other headsets or the cell phone.

With your Bluetooth cell phone and the switch adapted Bluetooth headset paired and turned on, simply press your   ability switch or use your sip-n-puff switch, or wheelchair environmental control unit ECU port to access the phone to make, receive, and hang up calls. 

Some examples of how a switch adapted Bluetooth headset works with a Bluetooth cell phone are shown below.

Making a call:  Call <NAME>

  1. Press your ability switch.

  2. The system will wake up and say "Say a command" followed by a beep.

  3. Say a contact's name from your phone's contact list, for example "Call John Smith". 

  4. The system will say "Connecting" and dial John Smith's number. 

 

Making a call:  Call <NUMBER>

  1. Press your ability switch.

  2. The system will wake up and say to you "Say a command".

  3. Say a phone number, for example "Call 6175555926". 

  4. The system will say to you "Connecting" and dial the number. 

Answering an incoming call:

  1. Press your ability switch.

  2. The incoming call is answered. 

Hang up a call:

  1. Press your ability switch.

  2. The phone hangs up.

 

What is a Switch Adapted Bluetooth Headset?

A switch adapted Bluetooth headset has a 1/8" audio mono jack (standard ability switch jack) on a small wire lead.  This lead is called a "pigtail".  Internally, the headset has been switch adapted.  This means that the ends of the pigtail are soldered to the internal headset circuit board at the same location where the standard MFB multi function button is. 

A switch adapted Bluetooth headset is designed to work with a standard ability switch, sip-n-puff switch, or wheelchair environmental control unit ECU port so that the user doesn't have to press the tiny button on the Bluetooth headset.  Rather, the user simply presses their ability switch to access the functionality of the headset.

When used with a Bluetooth cell phone with voice dialing over Bluetooth:

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