[Athen] Remote for powering on computer?
gdietrich at htctu.net
Fri Apr 18 16:28:59 PDT 2008
Don't you just love solutions like this!?! :-)
What a great find on a Friday afternoon.
Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Doug Hayman
Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 4:22 PM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] Remote for powering on computer?
There is this product for PCs:
Doug Hayman <dhayman at u.washington.edu>
DO-IT Program (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, Technology)
UW Technology Services
Seattle, WA 98195
On Fri, 18 Apr 2008, Dan Comden wrote:
> The problem with modern computers is that the on/off switch isn't really a
> switch that controls power like a light switch in the wall. It relays a
> signal to the power supply to turn on. If you think about how we turn on a
> laptop or modern desktop computer, it's a button that you press
> momentarily -- it doesn't save what "state" it's in but passes a brief
> signal to the machine's power supply to power up. And that feature is also
> why you can shut down the computer via a software command -- you're not
> activating a physical switch. So even if you put a switch on the floor
> that controls standard power via the cord that connects to the computer,
> activating it won't turn on the machine unless that leetle button on the
> case can then be activated.
> Putting that momentary switch on the floor or closer to the table edge or
> wherever is slightly more complicated. Someone who is savvy with soldering
> and dealing with wiring could extend the case wiring to a momentary floor
> switch. With a motherboard manual I don't think it'd be that hard.
> Most electrical engineering type folks on a campus could probably rig
> something pretty easily. I haven't seen a commercially available device
> that will do this ... yet. If it exists, I'm sure someone will chime in.
> -*- Dan Comden danc at washington.edu
> Access Technology Lab http://www.washington.edu/computing/atl/
> University of Washington UW Technology Services
> On Fri, 18 Apr 2008, Gaeir Dietrich wrote:
>> Hi Shawn!
>> Maybe I'm missing something, but if there is ability use the lower body,
>> couldn't you just rig a knee or foot switch for her?
>> Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
>> High Tech Center Training Unit of the
>> California Community Colleges
>> De Anza College, Cupertino, CA
>> From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
>> Behalf Of Shawn Foster
>> Sent: Friday, April 18, 2008 2:23 PM
>> To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
>> Subject: [Athen] Remote for powering on computer?
>> I have a student with limited mobility in her upper body and arms. She'd
>> really like to find a remote control that can turn her computer off and
>> at home (she has an assistant while in classes or labs). I thought of
>> a simple remote switch, but that only works when the device can be left
>> the "on" position and the power source connected or disconnected (like a
>> lamp). She uses a Mac, so using a scheduled start up/shut down sequence
>> certainly possible... but not quite what she's looking for. She'd like to
>> minimize power usage when she's not using the computer, and her schedule
>> isn't always predictable, so really a remote would be ideal.
>> I've been running through the web and still haven't found what I'm
>> for (with a nod to Bono)...
>> Anyone know of such a thing?
>> Thanks, all.
>> Shawn Foster
>> Assistive Technology Specialist
>> Disability Services for Students
>> Southern Oregon University
>> V/TTY: (541)552-6213
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