The R-net Omni provides a universal Specialty Input Device interface with a large, easy-to-read, color LCD screen.
- General R-net interface for specialty controls
- Large, hi-resolution color display
- Dual channel inputs
- User selectable display - indoors/outdoors
- Customizable user menu
- Large, easy-to-read icons
- Programmable user text
- On-board configuration/programming
- Compatible with all R-net Input Devices
- Can control all powerchair functions
- Infra-Red (IR) control as standard
In 1998, PGDT developed a new word in rehab powerchair electronics - the Omni. The original Omni+ set new standards in specialty control interfacing and commissioning, and sales of the product exceeded all expectations. Nearly a decade later, PGDT are proud to offer the R-net Omni. Even today, it is only PGDT that offer a single module hosting a user display and compatible with such a range of Specialty Input Devices.
Top Class User Interface
Much consideration has been given to the screen layouts, to ensure they present the user information in the clearest and most user-friendly way. For example, the content and order of user menus is fully customizable, a feature which ensures the most frequently used and popular functions can be accessed in the most efficient way. It is even possible to select an alternative color scheme for the screens, allowing use of the product in the very brightest of sunshine without the need for a shade or cowl. Although most of the screen information is graphical, it is inevitable that some text will be needed. In these instances, all text is programmable meaning that language preferences, including special characters, can easily be catered for. For users who cannot easily see the screen, it is possible to set sequences of audible beeps that indicate exactly where the Omni is in terms of the operating sequence. For example, a certain number of beeps can be set to indicate which particular function is being enabled.
The R-net Omni is compatible with a whole range of Specialty Input Devices (SIDs) including: joystick types, switch panels, switched and proportional head controls, sip-and-puff and scanners. Each of these SIDs can be set to control all profiles or just a dedicated number of profiles. Furthermore, it is also possible to connect two SIDs to a single Omni and then assign each to particular profiles. This ultimate flexibility makes the Omni ideally suited for applications which require simple and elegant transfer of control between standard and Specialty Input Devices.
There is no limit to the number of functions an Omni can control. As well as the more standard drive and seating control modes, the Omni will seamlessly allow control of any functions that are supported by an existing R-net installation, such as environmental or PC interface.
Programming and Set-up
The Omni can be programmed and set-up in two ways. Firstly, via its own pushbuttons and screen - On-board Programming (OBP) - or, secondly, with the R-net PC Programmer. The OBP method is more convenient and can be made secure by forcing the use of a hardware key to access it; while the PC Programmer method may be easier if very complex or in-depth set-up is required. A training facility that allows each direction of drive to be disabled is also included in the Omni. This is particularly useful when teaching very specialist users who may be unfamiliar with powerchair control.
Setting Up the Omni to Control IR devices
Learning new IR codes could not be simpler. The dealer or therapist simply enters the IR set-up menu of the Omni and selects the code they wish to learn from the IR handset. A simple sequence of button presses enables the code. The device type and learned code will then automatically appear in the IR menu. IR codes can also be removed from the menu; so for example if the wheelchair user purchases a new television, the IR codes for the old model can be deleted so clearing space in the user menu for the new appliance.
New IR codes can also be loaded into and deleted from the Omni via a special PC application.
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