The Sip/Puff solutions are ideal for people who have limited or no motor capability to operate switch activated devices, including computers, augmentative communication devices, adapted toys, environmental control systems and devices accessed or controlled by scanning. Sip/Puff technology is also popular for wheel chair navigation.
Sip/Puff pressure switch
Two 5–foot cables, one mono and one stereo
Padded headset with attached mouth tube and 6-foot (1.8-meter) tube with pneumatic connector
Three replacement mouth tubes with integral stainless steel forming wire
For people effected with severe motor disabilities, manipulating a standard switch can be difficult, tiring and in some cases impossible. With Origin Instruments Sip/Puff offerings users can easily activate and have control over devices through a simple "sip" and/or "puff" into a mouth tube.
There are several ways to configure a sip and puff switch solution. We provide two head mounted and one externally mounted user interface soultions. Of the head mounted options there is a single user version and a multi-user version. The multi-user version has individually packaged and easily replaceable, filtered mouthpieces designed for situations where multiple people will be using the same Sip/Puff Switch. For situations where head mounting is not desired, the flexible shaft (gooseneck) interface is available. The flexible shaft interface features screw-on filtered mouthpieces.
The device that turns the sips and puffs into electrical signals for a computer or AAC device is available in two forms. If a simple switch closure over a standard 3.5-mm connector is desired then the passive Sip/Puff Switch is the proper choice.
The Sip/Puff Switch translates sips and puffs into independent switch closures. The rugged electro-mechanical design requires no external power. Test buttons are integrated to assist in application testing. Electrical interface is provided through a choice of connectors for two standard mono cables or a single stereo cable. A twist-on pneumatic interface provides for direct connection to the Origin Instruments' Headset.
Sip/Puff Headset is a comfortable, adjustable head frame. The padded headset slips over the ears and behind the head. This head-referenced design maximizes compatibility with other assistive technologies that employ head movement to enable a rich interface. A replaceable mouth tube is held in position with an integral stainless steel forming wire. The tube and wire can be bent and cut to adapt to individual needs.