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adapt a lift chair recliner control to be voice activated

pmcasselpmcassel Member Posts: 2 Listener
I would like to find a way to adapt a lift chair recliner control to be voice activated.  Does this exist already?  Is there an organization or company that can help me with this? Thanks!


  • TarniaTarnia Member Posts: 27 Connected
    Good morning @pmcassel...
    A very kind and warm welcome.
    I know this community has a place where you can find out more about equipment... however I'm really sorry but I'm unsure on how to directly link you. ( I'm new to it all myself). 
    I'm sure someone who will be able to assist you further, will be in touch very soon.
    Kindness always 💜💙💜
  • AlexAlex Scope Posts: 1,324 Pioneering
    edited June 2018
    Hi @pmcassel

    I don't know if something like this already exists, but it would be well worth talking to @DEMANDcharityDEMAND - "When a suitable product can’t be found or is not easily accessible and we are confident that your needs can be met with our help we will develop a solution tailored to you."

    They have volunteer engineers around the country - it's free, and I'm sure this would be a really fun project for them!

  • pmcasselpmcassel Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thanks. I'll look into this.

  • Jean_OTJean_OT Member Posts: 528 Pioneering
    Hi @pmcassel

    Certainly it is possible to have a recliner chair that is voice activated

     but if what you currently have is readily adaptable is a bigger question.

    Personally I have often found the Assistive Technology Team at Possum helpful, and there is the Possum Trust that can help with supplying the tech to those that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford it: http://possum.co.uk/product-category/assistive-technology/
    Like Demand Remap also make custom adaptations when there isn't a commercial product available: http://www.remap.org.uk/

    I'd be interested to know how you get on

    Best Wishes

    Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT

    You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist

  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 713 Pioneering
    Impossible engineering, a tv series, keeps 'inventing the wheel', so do these organisations.   

    Many times, people take years and years to discover things are possible, and are then astonished nobody ever told them.  It is often not finance, and wanting everything provided free,  it is simply not knowing about the existence of  things.

    Plus, economies of scale (and, often, just using readily available stuff, with fairly simple fixes), will make life changing improvements, at fair and affordable cost .

    Often, revolutionary things  are achieved merely using a standard smart tablet with a cunning work round adapted app.
    You might suggest Scope and others get every one of these inventions into an online, well publicised library.     

  • newbornnewborn Member Posts: 713 Pioneering
    P.s.   it can often appear than the commercial mark up is disproportionate, I. E.  If you go to *rg*s and buy a gadget, it will cost £x. 

    Get the identical item from a disability supplier (or, the same thing but uglier)  and you will find suddenly it doesnt cost £x, it costs many times that price.
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