Sunrise Medical, Fresno, Calif, introduces the Switch-It Cool Cube with Pro Spot Proportional Switches system for power wheelchairs.

The Cool Cube central hub input ports are designed to interface with multiple types of switches and sensors. Combining it with Pro Spot proportional switches gives users precise control of their power wheelchair’s speed and direction.

“The Cool Cube central hub automatically senses the type of switch you have engaged; so, there is no confusing setup,” says Jeff Rogers, senior product manager, Power Wheelchairs, at Sunrise Medical, in a media release.

“It is also compatible with all switch alternatives currently available on the market. Users can elect to utilize the Pro Spot proportional switches or opt for any combination of switches with which they may already be comfortable.”

Pro Spot proportional switches offer full and continuous range of speed and direction for drivability. Once light contact is made with the Pro Spot switch, the power wheelchair will begin to move at roughly 40% of programmed speed. With continued pressure (proportionality), the power wheelchair will increase to 100% of programmed speed. This represents a dramatic improvement over current proximity or mechanical switches, which deliver only two options: full on or full off, according to the company.

The Pro Spot auditory feedback option is available. Each port of the Cool Cube central hub emits a different audible tone to provide the user with an auditory signal that will coincide with the selected proportional switch. The tone has three settings: off, soft, or loud.

In addition, Pro Spot proportional switches offer a wide variety of switch mounting positions that can easily accommodate the head, leg, tray and hand. They can be ordered as a system with the Cool Cube central hub in a variety of configurations. Users can opt for either four or five switches and any combination of five different colors depending on personal need. The Cool Cube system comes with a one meter extension cable and qualifies for reimbursement (E2328), the release continues.

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[Source: Sunrise Medical]