The augmentative and alternative communication feature may be accessed through voice, touch screen, eye gaze for pupil movement, switch scanning via sip and puff
and auxiliary switches.
"This just proves that if you want something enough, it is possible to achieve it, and I hope the youngsters in Oman can use my experience to accomplish what they want to achieve." Lister, a British sailor who suffers from a degenerative disease -- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy -- and is paralysed from the neck down, spoke about how she was able to sail the boat using her specially adapted 'sip and puff
' system to control the sails and steering.
Natasha does not have use of her hands and sails her yacht using her mouth to operate a "sip and puff
" mechanism that was engineered by her father and is based on a straw mounted inside a cycling helmet.
There have been various options for paralysed wheelchair users, such as the sip and puff
technology used by Christopher Reeve.
Conventional methods include "sip and puff
" devices, which are operated by blowing or sucking on a straw held in front of the mouth.
Mrs Lister, 37, pictured with Lottie, aims to complete the voyage using the same "sip and puff
" system of straws to control the sails and tiller of her state-of-theart boat.
Hilary will sip and puff
her way across The Channel; Hilary with Emma, who inspired her; Hilary on her wedding day; Hilary with husband Clifford; Hilary's 26ft boat
Merlin's integration of module and specialty control interface allows for many control devices, such as sip and puff
, head controls or switch control.
The boat has been specially adapted to take the sip and puff
sailing technology that Hilary relies on to control the boat.
"Some don't like their sip and puff
because it sits right in front of their face, and is like a signal of their disability," New Scientist magazine quoted Ghovanloo as saying.