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help for a handicapped person

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by resistance1982, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    Hi. My name is Ismail and I'm a 29 year old man from Australia. I would like to first give you some background on my circumstances before I get to my issue so it will be easier for you to understand what I am talking about.

    I was born with a physical disability called Spinal Muscular Atrophy which weakens the muscles in my body and severely limits the movement in my limbs. I have been interested in computers and technology since I was a child and I'm really into gaming and multimedia as well. I am able to get around with an electric wheelchair using a mini joystick which i control with my chin. I am also able to use a computer with the same mini joystick that I use to drive my wheelchair because it has bluetooth functionality built into it which allows me to move a mouse cursor around. I use 3 micro switches for clicking the mouse. These switches are connected to a modified usb mouse however I am in the process of having them directly connected to my wheelchair so that I can send mouse clicks through bluetooth as well. When I'm not sitting in my wheelchair, I use a custom usb joystick to move the mouse cursor around with the same micro switches that I use when sitting in my wheelchair. I have a video on youtube of me using my computer and describing how everything works. You can see it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZyGS2Pjd-o

    I am interested in purchasing an Android phone and maybe a tablet as well however I first need to know if I can use a standard usb and bluetooth mouse to control the device. I need suggestions on what phone and tablet would be good for me.

    I would like as much information as I can so I can make an informed decision when buying a new phone.

    I just want to be able to use a mobile phone by myself just like everybody else.
     

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  2. Kelmar

    Kelmar Done by choice

    Welcome to AF!

    I'm moving this post to the Android Lounge so that others can see it and chime in. :)
     
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  3. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    thanks, i wasn't sure where to post this :)
     
  4. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time...

    Welcome to the Android Forums!

    I'm sure someone in the lounge will be able to provide you feedback on this...
     
  5. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    thanks :) i hope so
     
  6. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Hello resistance1982. What a great use for Android devices. :)

    I'm going to offer two suggestions via websites I've found that address remote usage of a device via mouse and keyboard, from different approaches (hopefully, some useful to you):

    Android Screencast – Control Android Phone from PC | Sizzled Core

    How to Remote View and Control Your Android Phone | WEBESTIGATE

    I am not finished searching and will post back when I find more.

    [edit] two more from another website:

    http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=113583&top=0&productid=188409&trail=0

    http://www.abledata.com/abledata.cfm?pageid=113583&top=0&productid=188407&trail=0
     
  7. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    thanks for the sites :) i'll check them out. what i need to know is what devices will work with a usb or mini usb mouse and bluetooth mouse. i mean directly, though remote access is also useful
     
  8. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    The charging cable which comes with Android devices is specialized at one end for the device, and USB at the other end.

    I gather you want to control your Android phone by using a separate mouse with a USB or Bluetooth connection.. I am searching for such things, but having trouble finding exactly that.. hoping that we can come up with something or other that can be a starting point for you on this. ;)
     
  9. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    while researching, i read somewhere that the device has to support usb host mode so basically any device that has this mode should work?
     
  10. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Here's a site which addresses that:

    USB Host mode on Motorola Droid
     
  11. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

  12. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    We posted at the same instant, check post #10. ;)

    As you can see, at this point it's a hack.

    Still searching....
     
  13. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    that could be an old article, it might be easier now?
     
  14. Frisco

    Frisco =Luceat Lux Vestra=

    Yep, I saw those earlier..

    ..I do admit to having trouble finding a spot on solution for you, yet. I'm going to inquire at work tomorrow.
     
  15. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    man.. i wish I had some good info for you. but it is great that some others that can.
     
  16. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

  17. Merlin1

    Merlin1 Member

    I am unusre about a phone but if you go by archos site some of there tablets can be used with a bluetooth keybord and mouse.
     
  18. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    the archos 101 can handle everything, if only there was a phone like that
     
  19. resistance1982

    Thread Starter

    anymore ideas?
     
  20. DerkGates

    DerkGates Lurker

    was a solution ever found for this? I'm in an almost identical situation.
    I have a HTC Evo 3D. I'm needing to connect a USB mouse and/or hub. The unusual part is that I will also like to be able to power the phone from an external source like a car cigarette lighter. I have Muscular Dystrophy with limited mobility and will be using a mouse to control the phone. My wheelchair has the ability to power additional devices through a cigarette lighter type jack.


    I would gladly pay someone to make a custom cable. From all of the white papers and technical documents I read this should be possible.
     
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