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The wide variety of smart devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers is great, but they are difficult to control if you struggle to access their touchscreens or handle multiple devices. BlueHub combined with the MultiAccess app addresses this problem. Start by selecting an Android tablet that is the best size for your physical abilities, then install our free MultiAccess app. Next pair the tablet to BlueHub and you are ready to use MultiAccess to type into up to four other Bluetooth-enabled devices! No special software is needed on the devices being typed into.
BlueHub has two 3.5mm mono jacks on the side panel for people who want to control MultiAccess using one or two switches. BlueHub's battery lasts all day and the system runs while being charged. The size of BlueHub is 3.1" x 3.7" x 1" thick. The weight is 4.5 ounces.
The MultiAccess system is a combination of three technologies:
Curious? MultiAccess should work on any Android device running version 4.1 (Jelly bean) or later, but we have only tested it on Samsung and Nexus devices. The app is a free download, so it is easy to check if it will work on your device. Call us if we can help.
The MultiAccess app is available in the Google Play store. There is no cost for this app.
Contact us if you have questions or if we can help.
BlueHub makes it possible for our MultiAccess app to write into -- and move the cursor on -- up to four smart devices. The input Android tablet running the MultiAccess app (screenshot above) sends commands to BlueHub, which "translates" the keyboard and cursor control commands into Bluetooth HID protocol and then forwards them to one of four (maximum) connected devices (smartphones, computers, etc.). As long as a device supports connecting to a standard Bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse, BlueHub can be used to access the device (i.e., all operating systems are supported). BlueHub maintains its connection with all four devices, so switching among devices when typing is instantaneous. You select the device to be written into by picking the device from the selection bar above the MultiAccess word prediction list (Barret's Iphone is selected in the screenshot above). No special software is required on the four connected devices. BlueHub attempts to auto-reconnect upon power-up; so if you power-up BlueHub last, all the Bluetooth connections will be managed automatically after the first time you connect.
BlueHub also has two, 3.5mm diameter mono switch ports on the left side of the box. Switches connected to these ports can be used to control MultiAccess when the app is in scanning mode. Both automatic and step scanning are supported. MultiAccess also provides access to sophisticated switch setup parameters within BlueHub, making it possible to make selections on either the press or release of a switch. MultiAccess also provides access to settings that filter switch control errors, such as accidental double-hits of a switch.
The charge status of the battery is displayed on the front of BlueHub. The battery will last for 30 hours of use on a full charge. BlueHub is charged using a USB-style charger (included with BlueHub).
To learn more about MultiAccess, please visit the MultiAccess product page. MultiAccess is a free app, so it is easy for people to try it. Call us if you have questions or need help
Download BlueHub User manual.
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Mobile devices come in a wide range of sizes and often have finicky onscreen keyboards. BlueHub enables you to use one tablet, optimally sized and positioned for typing and cursor movement, to control up to four other devices -- including smartphones, Windows and Mac computers, and other tablet devices. BlueHub also provides switch input to MultiAccess, which supports automatic and step scanning access methods. BlueHub makes it possible for people who cannot physically manage multiple smart devices to control up to four devices using one, optimally positioned device. BlueHub is battery-powered and portable, making it easy for you to use it with home, school, or work computers.
Learn more about MultiAccess, our free onscreen keyboard app, on the MultiAccess product page.
This product was developed under a grant to the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (The RERC on AAC) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) grant # 90RE5017. However, the descriptions do not necessarily represent the policy of the funding agency, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.