Alternate Devices Vectis

Alternate Devices LLC is a Philadelphia-based startup that aims to simplify accessible technology. Our first product offering permits a user to interact with computers, smartphones, and tablets using their feet or other extremities, with a platform-agnostic and simple to use interface for engaging in activities including browsing the web and playing games.

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Accessibility, redefined

The Vectis platform is designed from the ground up to be easy to use and intuitive. Vectis gives anyone the ability to seamlessly navigate the world of technology, empowering the individual to achieve independence in all activities. The Vectis is capable of assisting users in a diverse set of activities including education, entertainment, and productivity in the workplace.

No software required

The Vectis is a pressure-sensitive device that responds to a variety of gestures. Each input can be easily assigned to common activity-centric actions, which are communicated to attached device(s) through USB or Bluetooth.

Touch and go

The Vectis is designed to "just work." It is compatible with any Windows, macOS, or Linux computer, as well as Android phones and tablets, and the iPhone and iPad, with wireless battery-powered operation. "Zero configuration" templates allow the device to be easily set up for common activities, allowing even a tech novice to easily customize the experience across many activities.

Web-based configuration

The user interface may be accessed by any web-enabled device. Just open a web browser from any device to start customizing the Vectis. No software or drivers are required - the app is built-in and ready to be used right away. Two options are included with the Vectis:

  • Stand-alone operation
    • The Vectis user interface is self-contained. Optionally connect the Vectis to your home WiFi network to allow easy access from your personal devices
  • Vectis cloud platform
    • The Vectis device can be connected to Alternate Devices' cloud platform. Remotely manage the device from anywhere in the world.
    • Our cloud platform aggregates anonymized usage data, employing modern machine learning techniques to offer the most useful subset of capabilities to end users.

Universal design

The Vectis has been developed through collaboration with occupational therapists and adaptive technology professionals using modern, agile development methodology. Each iteration of the design aims to further improve the universality of the device while retaining usefulness to the user.

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