The RCx-1000 Remote Control Speakerphone, at first glance, does not look like a phone at all! Flat, square, and covered with buttons of various shapes and sizes, it bears rows of flashing lights, places to write names, and a pendant. There is no handset, coiled telephone cord, or any other indication that this device operates seemlessly as a telecommunications device. However, dig a bit furthur and one learns that the RCx-1000 is a remote control speakerphone thoughtfully designed for low mobility users.
Upon opening the RCx-1000 box, you will find:
- RCx-1000 main unit with Batteries (6 AA NiMH Rechargable)
- Remote Transmitter with a Lanyard and Battery (12V Alkaline “23” size)
- 2 AC Adapters (1 for the main unit and 1 for the remote transmitter)
- Telephone Cord
- Wall Mount Bracket
- Operating Guide
- Clear speakerphone
- 90dB+ Ringer
- Memory buttons and indicators with a Memory Directory (Each button contains A/B for a total of 32 entries)
- Scan function for memory buttons
- Voice activated answering for incoming calls
- Missed call indicator
- 3.5 mm jack for a microphone or headset
- 3.5 mm jack on the pendant so users can use the switch of their choice to operate the speakerphone
How do you use this phone?
Using the RCx-1000 is simple. Users can either make calls through the buttons on the speakerphone, or with the pendant and pre-programmed memory buttons. Using the buttons on the speakerphone is similar to dialing using a regular phone. Instead of picking up a receiver before dialing, users will push the On/Off button on the main unit. They then dial as they normally would on a regular phone’s keypad. To make phone calls with the pendant, users first program frequently used numbers into the memory directory. Next, users press the pendant once to turn the phone on. Once the phone is on, it will begin scanning through the pre-programmed memory buttons. To dial, the user will press the pendant again once a blue indicator light representing a pre-programmed memory button is lit up. To hang-up the phone call, the user can either press the pendant again, or program the phone to shut off automatically.
Users can utilize a headset for more private phone calls, a microphone if they have a soft voice, and whatever switch they prefer with the pendant. The RCx-1000 can also be answered with the user’s voice, or through a whistle. It has two settings for microphone sensitivity, an indicator light that represents if the user has missed a call, and has a redial, mute, and flash button/function.
See the video below for a demonstration of the RCx-1000.
Who might benefit from this phone?
Any individual who has difficulty:
- Picking up or holding a phone receiver
- Getting to the phone to answer a phone call in a timely manner
- Remembering phone numbers
For more questions about adapted phones for telecommunications or other questions, feel free to contact IPAT!