Megabee Communication Device
The Megabee is an easy to use communication device, that may benefit people with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation who are unable to speak and unable to write legibly.
The tablet has been designed to require minimal learning both for both communication partners – letter selection is achieved by looking at the letter and blinking, then looking at the block which is the same color as the selected letter and blinking again. The chosen letter will light up to indicate to the appropriate letter and will be seen on the tablet.
The MegabeeTM is an easy to use communication tool for individuals with difficulty communicating verbally. Individuals with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation may benefit, particularly if they are unable to speak and cannot write legibly.
How does it work?
The tablet has been designed to require minimal learning for both communication partners – letter selection is achieved by looking at the letter and blinking, then looking at the block, which is the same color as the selected letter and blinking again. The chosen letters will light up to indicate the appropriate letter and will be displayed on the LCD screen to create a message. No calibration is necessary.
EXAMPLE: If the communicator were looking for the letter ‘A,’ then he/she would first be looking at the color block white because that is were the letter ‘A’ is located. The caregiver then presses the white button. Then you would be looking at the color block blue, because the letter ‘A’ is blue. The caregiver then presses the blue button and the letter ‘A’ appears on the LCD screen below.
The MegaBeeTM also has abbreviation expansion capabilities, this is achieved by coding letters and numbers for quick 20 character phrases.
Use of symbols instead of text?
MegaBee™ can be used in ‘picture’ mode which allows symbols, pictures, cartoons, and drawings to be used instead of text. For low literacy levels or cognitively impaired users this allows a highly personalized and flexible solution. Symbols can be changed at will using the free software and a color printer.
24 Hour Battery Life
The rechargeable batteries provide regular use over a 24 hour period with notification of low battery given 5 minutes before shutdown. The unit can still be used while charging the batteries.
Description: Electronic Hand-Held Writing Tablet
Height: 16.93 inches (430 mm)
Width: 11.81 inches (300 mm)
Depth: 1.57 inches (40 mm)
Weight: 2.1 lb (950 g)
Screen: Blue LCD 20 characters x 2 lines, scrolling buffer.
Character buffer: 600 characters (= 30 lines at 20 characters per line)
Material: Cleanable ABS
Power: Re-chargeable batteries [charger supplied] for 24hr operation on a full charge
Connectivity: Bluetooth® supplied with support software
Color: Anthracite grey
MegaBeeTM supports a wide variety of languages and is constantly under language revision.