The Tetra Society of North America is a charitable organization which tackles environmental barriers faced by people with disabilities in Canada. In 2019 we received funding to build and bring to market an affordable and customizable device that provides computer access to users facing mobility limitations: netClé (pronounced net-clay).
Like most organizations, we have been affected by the Coronavirus and have had to curtail home visits to install netClé. The feedback we have gathered to-date has convinced us that netClé is needed more than ever, to help people who have challenges to use devices to access information, communicate with others and reduce some of the isolation that is now so widespread.
Our goal remains to make the device available for free via do-it-yourself, open source plans and sell affordable finished versions on our TetraGear site by the end of 2020.
To accomplish this, we have developed a method to install netClé remotely, making it possible to set up the device for those who need it most, while maintaining social distancing.
Want to know if you’re eligible? Complete the form below and we’ll get in touch!
What is netClé?
netClé is a user-friendly customizable device that enables people with a range of mobility limitations to independently operate a computer.
In addition to the netClé hub, the device comes with a variety of connectable sensors, switches, and other input devices allowing users to navigate a cursor with touch or movement from a single digit, limb - or even their head! At the heart of the netClé hub is a hardware-printed circuit board attached to a common micro-controller. This makes it possible to combine as many as five input devices to tailor the device for each person’s unique needs. netClé features include:
The significant innovation is in netClé software configurability, making it versatile for various needs, abilities and purposes, supporting users’ independence and freedom of activity.
For more information about netClé and our pilot teams, please contact our Program Coordinator, David Ostro at info@netCle.ca.
How did it start?
netClé, originally named SensAct, was conceptualized in Ottawa at Bruyere Continuing Care Saint-Vincent Hospital (SVH) by hospital staff and volunteers with the assistance of experienced Tetra volunteers. There, the hardware and software was developed to address an apparent digital divide in computer access for people unable to operate a standard mouse or keyboard due to their disability.
We are continuing to develop netClé with the hopes of providing an affordable and user-friendly way to empower digital access for everyone.
Join the Project
Due to the current need for social distancing, we will not be able to visit peoples’ homes to install netClé. To help protect your health and that of our project team, we have developed a method to install the device remotely.
If you can answer “YES” to the following, please complete the form below and we will contact you within a few days to arrange a video session to discuss your needs:
To sign-up as a participant in the pilot projects and for updates about the initiative, please complete the form below: