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    I'm a quad and the most I can do is use a tablet with much restriction. I'd like to do my photo albums online, cut and paste excetera like I do on my PC. Please explain what you use and how you manage. Quads?

    #2
    I am a c4/5 quad and this is how I use my computer in my bed. First of all I have a LED/LCD TV. I have my laptop plugged into it via a HDMI cable. You can use pretty much any desktop computer/laptop that has HDMI/D sub out. I use 2 input devices voice recognition(DragonDictate) and a miniature keyboard from Logitech called the DiNovo mini. Both the mini keyboard and the microphone for DragonDictate are attached to what I call "my control panel" which is plexiglass that is attached to the bed rail. It also holds my remote controls, intercom, and telephone. I use a mouse stick to navigate with the small trackpad on the keyboard and use Dragon to input text.

    http://www.logitech.com/en-us/suppor...osid=23&bit=64

    I hope this gives you some direction.

    James
    Injury date 6/10/87
    Gunshot
    C4/5 Quad

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      #3
      I use an over-bed table, a laptop and a head-movement controlled mouse with toggle switch clicker. I normally don't use the computer while I'm in bed, but since I'm doing extended bed-rest following a reconstructive flap surgery, I needed to set this up.

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        #4
        This product is my access to the computer/world (I use my computer as my phone, tv control, as well as all other typical computer work). I think it is the same thing Scott C4/5 is referring to.

        http://rjcooper.com/smartnav/index.html

        SmartNav (version 4)
        (head-tracking system)

        My friends built a frame to suspend my laptop (screen opened as far as possible) above
        my head about 2 feet facing down. The product above also mounts just above the screen... nothing else.

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          #5
          Higgi, how do you control your TV and telephone with your system?
          My head controlled mouse was made by Madentec. A grant foundation purchased the $2000 gizmo for me about 10 years ago. Their newest model is just under a thousand, so if anyone needs one, go with the Smartnav by NaturalPoint.

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            #6
            can 1 of you guys please paste a photo the person using the system from bed?

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              #7
              Originally posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
              Higgi, how do you control your TV and telephone with your system?
              My head controlled mouse was made by Madentec. A grant foundation purchased the $2000 gizmo for me about 10 years ago. Their newest model is just under a thousand, so if anyone needs one, go with the Smartnav by NaturalPoint.
              To control my TV (cable box) I use a "Slingbox" (cheapest one around $100 at Bestbuy or just about any large chain electronics store). For the telephone Skype offers a "landline" service for about $6/month. You can even pick a random phone number with your area code (nobody else will need to know it is Skype). Note; You can't dial 911.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Mary-Jane View Post
                can 1 of you guys please paste a photo the person using the system from bed?
                Smartnav has pictures of their system on their website. The from bed part of my set up is "home-made/custom". I don't have any photos, only use that frame when bedridden with pressure sore or illness.

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                  #9
                  The program that I use with voice control IR Command2 to control all my AV equipment, it will also run X10. I also used the Kensington trackball, I am a C4 also.

                  Originally posted by "Description"
                  Description


                  From WDPS:

                  IRCommand2 is IR (infrared) and X10 remote control software for the PC that enables you to control virtually any device that comes with a remote control. You can create device "panels", each of which represent one of your devices or a virtual device. Then add command buttons to a device by dragging re-sizable buttons from the button kit. Train the new command buttons using a remote control, or program them with macro sequences. New setup features make device creation fast and easy.
                  IRCommand2 can also listen for and respond to IR and X10 commands from remote controls. Simply program a "trigger" into a command button using a remote control and that command button will then execute whenever IRCommand2 receives that trigger. X10 triggers can wake the PC from standby. IRCommand2 is expandable via its COM+ interface. This interface allows external programs, including VB and VBA, to link to command buttons you have created in order to control devices.
                  The unregistered download runs in a "demo" mode that has some functional and capacity limitations, but that allows you to thoroughly evaluate the software before buying. By registering, you receive a key and ID that removes limitations. The full registration supports a virtually unlimited number of device panels and buttons. A lite registration option is also available at significantly lower cost.
                  IRCommand2 currently works with the Actisys IR200L, Tira2, MyBlaster, USB-UIRT, and ADS IR Blaster, IguanaWorks, and Global Cache iTach IR control heads; the CM11A/HD11A, CM15A, CM19A, and Insteon 2414U interfaces for X10 control; and the Snapstream Firefly RF remote. Written in C++, IRCommand2 is efficient, does not put a strain on your PC's resources, and works well with most other programs. Visit our web site for more information.

                  Read more: IRCommand2 - CNET Download.com http://download.cnet.com/IRCommand2/...#ixzz2NGVj2WpE
                  C4 incomplete since 1985

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                    #10
                    I use a Laptop Laidback table and voice recognition.
                    NYC Disability Forum (@DisabledNYC on Twitter)

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jwr18 View Post
                      I am a c4/5 quad and this is how I use my computer in my bed. First of all I have a LED/LCD TV. I have my laptop plugged into it via a HDMI cable. You can use pretty much any desktop computer/laptop that has HDMI/D sub out. I use 2 input devices voice recognition
                      I'm a C5/6 n use an almost identical setup minus speech recognition. For a keyboard I have always used Adesso KB's with the built in touchpad. Wayyy better than having a heavy/hot laptop on ur lap. They make wireless n wired. I prefer wired lately cuz changing batteries is annoying n the wires easier to grab onto when reaching. They go from $25-$55 slightly used on ebay or $50 - $80 new.



                      Last edited by Padred123; 14 Mar 2013, 12:28 AM.
                      C5/6 since Feb '07

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                        #12
                        I use DragonDictate with a program called http://wdpsoftware.com/ IR Command2 which allows me to control all my AV equipment. It will also do X 10 with the correct dongle.
                        C4 incomplete since 1985

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                          #13
                          I've been doing this forever. I have an over the bed table with my laptop on the right side. I can still see my knees and I make sure it's not digging into anything. To type I use Dragon and to navigate I have a trackball sitting on a book on the right side of my butt. Works like a charm.
                          C-5/6, 7-9-2000
                          Scottsdale, AZ

                          Make the best out of today because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come. Nobody knows that better than those of us that have almost died from spinal cord injury.

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                            #14
                            I've mentioned this before, but TwelveSouth's HoverBar is a firm gooseneck holder for an iPad.

                            If you are using a computer, not a tablet, jwr18 nailed it with using a TV for a display. If your eyes, like mine, need something closer, many computer monitors (and the newest iMac for the apple folks) have a VESA connection clamp which will allow you to use a swing-out arm to get the monitor out of the way when it is not in use.

                            A lightweight bluetooth keyboard will keep you from tangling yourself in cords. (Almost) all bluetooth keyboards are compatible with any brand of computer. The main exception to this is some of the very latest devices are using "low power" bluetooth to extend battery life. You can use a bluetooth keyboard with a tablet or smartphone as well.

                            My personal favorite wireless keyboard is the Apple Wireless Keyboard (available in many regional and language setups) and the Apple Magic Trackpad combined with TwelveSouth's Magic Wand. Moving the trackpad to either the left or the right side of the keyboard helps me avoid unintentional use of the trackpad with my wrists. With my palsy, I get that a lot with the standard front keyboard.

                            For those who have difficulty with a trackpad, a trackball can be an outstanding alternative.

                            Finally, it sucks being stuck in bed. If you have the mobility to transfer to a chair but need a chair with a lot more support than a normal one, the HumanTouch Zero Gravity Recliner is nothing short of amazing. It keeps pressure off your ass and still allows a natural hand position for typing.
                            Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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                              #15
                              For you all who are using DragonDictate... which DragonDictate are you referring to?

                              I'm using a really old version, DragonDictate Classic Edition, which is copyrighted 1993-1997 and was abandoned by its developers in favor of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I first started using DragonDictate with Windows 98, and actually have it working well on Windows XP. Is anyone else using this really old program?

                              Or are you referring to Dragon Dictate for Mac?

                              Incidentally, Windows XP will only be supported for about 10 more months (roughly; I think) and my favorite old program (DragonDictate Classic) won't run on Windows 7 or 8 (I assume not on Windows 8 because it won't run on Windows 7). So I'm preparing to switch to NaturallySpeaking, and found some helpful software that makes NaturallySpeaking much more user-friendly for hands-free operation.

                              I wrote about it here:

                              https://www.carecure.net/forum/showthread.php?t=227457
                              Wheelchair users -- even high-level quads... WANNA BOWL?

                              I'm a C1-2 with a legit 255 high bowling game.

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