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Jeannie
25th January 2012, 11:57
This piece of equipment sounds amazing - Communication aid, Environmental control, Computer, BlueTooth, Wireless, everything you need in one package. Also eyegaze attachment available when needed.

The Vmax+ is DynaVox's top-of-the-range touchscreen communication aid, supporting immediate communication and on-going development of language skills. A full Windows 7 computer, it connects you to standard computer applications and environmental control.

Approx cost 6000+

http://uk.dynavoxtech.com/products/vmaxplus/

MattJ
25th January 2012, 12:36
This certainly looks the the dog's danglies! Wonder how much the EyeMax accessory is? Could this be cheaper than an equivalent set-up through Tobii? So many questions...

Jeannie
25th January 2012, 12:54
I think the EyeMax approx cost 5000.

MattJ
25th January 2012, 13:40
Gulp!

Jeannie
25th January 2012, 13:48
lol I'll just keep dreaming

john
25th January 2012, 18:44
Irene has just had one on 6 week loan with eye max. She found it extremely difficult to control with her eyes and extremely frustrating if she changed a page inadvertently trying to get back to where she was. Price suggested for the complete set up was 15 to 22000.
Certainly makes your eyes water. This is for very little more than a PC and a better camera. Its not just the pharmaceutical companies ripping people off.
We haven't bought the set up and are looking at a set up which is eye gaze connected to you own PC. Cost around 4500.

John

Robert
26th January 2012, 10:50
They're aving a larf, Regs Bob

Rachelg
26th January 2012, 14:29
Mark is using Tobii C15 with eye tracking - similar I guess to the Dynavox though I have heard that the eye tracking on the Tobii is better as its easier to calibrate and is more sensitive - but without Mark having tried the Dynavox we wouldnt know. This touch screen/eyegaze technology is defo the way to go. Mark has his set up to speak, text, surf, email etc plus environmental control including full sync with sky tv and all the usual computer stuff, media player, photo albums, camera etc. For the computer, eye tech and lightweight wheel about stand that slides up to the bed, over his chair etc - think it was about 12,000 and for the wheelchair mounting system about another 1,000. It is truly amazing and has made a massive difference to our lives, especially during the night when Mark needs to tell me what he needs. The downside - he can turn the tv over at anytime - this catches me out at night when I switch over thinking he is asleep to watch Celebrity Juice and he switches straight back to the news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeannie
26th January 2012, 19:47
I changed my mind lol I don't want one. Flipping hell grrr are they taking the piss, and only one year warranty. Rach, Tobii c15 seems better plus it has 2gb ram. lol switching the channel hehehehe


Price suggested for the complete set up was 15 to 22000.
Certainly makes your eyes water.

John

sarahezekiel
26th January 2012, 20:00
Go for the Tobii PCEye Jeannie, it's fantastic!

Sarah x

jadedjohn
26th January 2012, 20:23
Hi Sarah

Have they cracked the inability for eyegaze to work with people ie me who are blind as a bat (-10 prescription) yet?

I'm getting worried now as my voice has just started to deteriorate, and my right (iPad) hand is too!

John

sarahezekiel
26th January 2012, 21:22
I'll find out John. You can try a switch so try not to worry too much. We have the technology!

Sarah x

sarahezekiel
27th January 2012, 15:40
Hi John

I just showed your post to Shaun McCormack from RSL Steeper. They are Tobii resellers. He said that he's happy to come to you and let you try the PCEye or C series eyegaze computers. The PCEye is supposed to be OK with any prescription.

You can contact him on 07890286832 (mob), 0113 207 0449 or email him at shaun.mccormack@rslsteeper.com. You might have met him at the AGM. We both think it's worth a try!

Sarah x

Rachelg
27th January 2012, 20:20
John - Mark uses his eyegaze wearing glasses with no problems at all - can't remember off hand what prescription he is, but know he can't see too much without them.

Hey Sarah - Shaun is our support too - Marks eyegaze had a problem the other day and Shaun drove from Plymouth to us in Yeovil, Somerset before heading home to Essex to bring Mark a loan machine - now thats good service for sure!!!! I will promote the service from Steeper wherever I can.

sarahezekiel
27th January 2012, 20:31
Rachel, I wear glasses too and I'm fine. Think John has a very strong prescription but still worth a try. The eyegaze that Mark and I use is better than the older versions.

Shaun's been here twice this week - he's great! I also get support online from Stockholm. He takes over my computer to give me remote support. I love Tobii and RSL Steeper!

Sarah

jadedjohn
27th January 2012, 20:33
Thank you Sarah and Rachel. I'll get them to come over, I did try it with Hector a while back, it didn't work then but he put it down to my tinted/1.7xrefractive index lenses. Also I've just asked my doctor to refer me for some environmental controls how oes this normally work? Can they be retro fitted? As I'm in he process of building a disabled annex.

John

sarahezekiel
27th January 2012, 22:39
John, how long ago did you try eyegaze with Hector? He's usually right but I'm hoping that he's wrong about the PCEye!

I had my environmental controls fitted recently, about 10 months after getting eyegaze.

I think you should get Shaun over anyway because he'll know about other solutions/technology.

Sarah x

Rachelg
28th January 2012, 10:59
Marks environmental control is also supplied by steeper, though he only uses a basic set up (because he uses eyegaze for most things). His environ control is set up on his ipad, which is in the living room during the day and bedroom at night. Because Mark can't operate the IPAD by touching it, he has a switch system wirelessly set up to operate it. Mark holds a grasp switch that he holds in his curled hand and with the tiniest (and I mean tiniest) bit of pressure it operates the IPAD - set up for TV, DVD, fan and my pager. It works via WiFi. The set up was supplied on prescription via Dr Hanspall at Musgrove who is Marks muscle specialist. They can set it up to do a whole lot more, like operate lights, open doors etc but because Mark is never alone he didnt feel all those bits necessary. I agree with Sarah you really need to get Shaun over.

Ref the eyegaze and glasses, the only thing we are going to change is to get Mark anti reflective lenses.

jadedjohn
28th January 2012, 11:23
John, how long ago did you try eyegaze with Hector? He's usually right but I'm hoping that he's wrong about the PCEye!

I had my environmental controls fitted recently, about 10 months after getting eyegaze.

I think you should get Shaun over anyway because he'll know about other solutions/technology.

Sarah x

Hi Sarah

It was at last years spring conference in Bristol. I is speak to hector briefly at the AGM at Stanstead, and he said they had not cracked the problem yet - suggesting I change my glasses!!

John

jadedjohn
28th January 2012, 11:26
Marks environmental control is also supplied by steeper, though he only uses a basic set up (because he uses eyegaze for most things). His environ control is set up on his ipad, which is in the living room during the day and bedroom at night. Because Mark can't operate the IPAD by touching it, he has a switch system wirelessly set up to operate it. Mark holds a grasp switch that he holds in his curled hand and with the tiniest (and I mean tiniest) bit of pressure it operates the IPAD - set up for TV, DVD, fan and my pager. It works via WiFi. The set up was supplied on prescription via Dr Hanspall at Musgrove who is Marks muscle specialist. They can set it up to do a whole lot more, like operate lights, open doors etc but because Mark is never alone he didnt feel all those bits necessary. I agree with Sarah you really need to get Shaun over.

Ref the eyegaze and glasses, the only thing we are going to change is to get Mark anti reflective lenses.

Thanks Rachel that sounds really cool! I don't have a muscle specialist - but when I next see DR Fathers at Musgrove I'll ask him.

John

tommy w
29th February 2012, 03:03
Hey.... I have my dads eyemax vmax that he used only a few times b4 he passed.... asking $3000 (dollars)....I'm in the states.... contact if you're still interested...thanks, tommy

tommy w
29th February 2012, 03:07
Tommyjah@gmail.com
DyanVox eyeMax vmax

Jeannie
2nd March 2012, 15:32
Thanks for your offer, Tommy, although it's cheap 1,892 it is still costly plus no support or warranty. Sometimes I wished I lived in the States then it would be free ;-) Sorry you lost your dad to als x

mndwheels
30th May 2012, 10:22
Hi
I have a Vmax its good, keeps me connected to the outside world. I was lucky my friends set up a trust fund when i was diagnosed in 2003 at age 33, and purchased one for me. I use it along with a eye tracker that tracks a special silver dot. As I said its good but there are a few drawbacks the processor is chronically slow, never managed to get the wireless connection working, I can't programme the infrared device to operate some of my newer devices apparently I need upgrade at the cost of 500 quid. The biggest drawback is the cost DynaVox must be embarrassed to sell it for that much, for that price I could buy an ipad, iphone, pc, laptop, TV, stereo and still have change.
Keep Smiling, I do Gareth x
P.S. your fit lol

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