User Testimonial – switch accessible camera

It’s always good to hear customer feedback on the various switch adapted products we make. But I was especially pleased to get an email from Annette in Canada. She first got in touch in November asking about switch accessible cameras. She wanted one for her son, Nicoloas, for Christmas but had had difficulty in finding something suitable.

Fortunately we were able to help out.

Via email we talked about the Canon PowerShot A480 camera and the switch accessible interface we had built for it. Annette went shopping and souced the camera locally. All we needed to do was send her the interface box, software and set-up instructions. FedEx collected it from Excitim HQ here in the UK and delivered it to her in Canada four days later.

And, this is the mail I received yesterday.

Subject: Digital Camera for Christmas

Hi Mike,

Happy New Year, I just wanted to let you know that our son Nicholas loves his camera and he is having a great time taking photos.  It will be much better when the weather gets better and he is able to go outside.  He was so excited Christmas morning when he seen the camera and he was able to take the photos.  I will keep checking your website on new equipment.  He has a birthday coming up in the summer and I will probably buy something that he can actually use on his own.  Take care Thanks Annette

I love it when a plan comes together …. who said that?


Switch adapted camera

Every day zillions of pictures are shared with family and friends on Facebook and lots of other social media sites. If, as the saying goes “a picture is worth a thousand words” then there’s an amazing amount of talking going on.

So we started thinking about producing an adapted camera. What we wanted was a switch accessible camera that took care of the “technical stuff” and let the user enjoy the fun part of “snapping away”.

A few months ago we left our prototype with Nadine at QED to check out and very kindly she gave us a list of suggestions to think about. All good stuff. We passed it over to Paul and asked him to figure it out. A week or so later he showed us a very neat implementation. (I didn’t know at the time but he’s a keen photographer so this project was really up-his-street.)

Nadine thought it was brill! Paul’s design was a switch adapted camera that is more innovative compared to, we think, all the alternatives presently available. He designed a switch box that connects into the USB socket on a Canon camera.  We selected the Canon Powershot A480 because it has a good technical spec but it’s still a budget priced camera – check out the price and user reviews on Amazon.

Photo of Excitim's switch accessible digital camera

switch accessible digital camera

The beauty of connecting through the USB socket is obvious when you think about it; we have no need to drill a hole into the camera body to wire-in the normal switch socket lead. That means the original Canon camera guarantee is still valid.

It’s really simple to use: a single switch press focuses the camera, charges and fires the flash. if needed, to capture that “special moment”.

Take a look at the switch accessible digital camera  on Excitim’s special-needs-toys website.