Environmental control systems can significantly improve independence and improve a person's quality of life by allowing them to participate in every day living, school, work, and leisure activities. This increased independence can reduce the need for a paid attendant, cut down on demands of the family, and provide some much-needed privacy and sense of normalcy for the individual. The Environmental Control Unit (ECU) allows any individual to control aspects of their environment (i.e. lights, TV, telephone, etc.). Broadened Horizons, Inc. offers a variety of Voice or Switch Enabled ECU's preconfigured in QuickStart Packages for your convenience to get started. This includes the VoiceIR (Voice Control ECU), the HouseMate Switch via Android mobile phone or Tablet, and the Relax 3 (Simple Switch Scanning ECU)
VoiceIR Environmental Voice Controller (for individuals with limited dexterity and voice capability)
HouseMate ECU for Android Configurator (Switch Enabled all levels of mobility/dexterity)
Relax 3 Switch Activated Environmental Controller (Switch Enabled all levels of mobility/dexterity)
Mini Relax Switch Scanning Infrared Remote (Switch Enabled all levels of mobility/dexterity)
*Options for the VoiceIR/Housemate Clinic Kit selected by default
Each ECU is made up of three basic components: an input device, a control unit and an appliance. The input device controls the ECU by sending a signal to the control unit through direct selection (keypad, keyboard, joystick, etc.), switches, or voice control. The control unit is the central processing unit or the brain. It receives the input (signal) and translates the information into an output (command). The appliance receives the output signal and performs the desired command, such as turn on/off. An appliance that can be operated with an ECU is any piece of electronic equipment that needs no additional labor. Appliances such as TV's, radios, lights, VCR's, motorized drapes, and motorized hospital beds are good examples for use with an ECU. They are all simple to operate with commands such as on/off or up/down. Broadened Horizons offers a wide array of compatible appliances for our ECUs.