“For many people with significant mobility impairment, the function of sitting up, raising the feet or changing the height of a hospital bed provides comfort throughout the night for sleeping and may even allow for greater independence. For myself, as an individual with a spinal cord injury who became paralyzed, I depend on the functions of the hospital bed every day. But sometimes it can be hard to find the control for the bed since I cannot feel my hands, move my fingers or move my arms under the blankets. Given the hospital bed is made up of simple switches I figured why not use an assistant like Google Home or Alexa to control the bed. This instructable builds off this project. We retain the original function of the controller so no bed function is lost or if power goes out or the Wi-Fi down nothing changes. It just gives control by Wi-Fi too.
I started with a photon particle for Wi-Fi control and six relays for the six functions of the bed (head up, head down, feet up, feet down, full bed up, full bed down). Since then we have refined it and recently sent out and got PCBs fabricated to make the device more robust and start making a handful of them for others in the community who could also benefit from such a project.
As a cofounder of AbikityHacks.org, myself(Drew McPherson), Francisco, Jason, Mimi, and Jefferson have all worked on it here and there at our meetups. If this is something that could be useful for you and you’d like to try it let us know and we could send one to you.
Relay Boards or solid-state relays as used here (Digi-Key Part Number1835-1218-ND)
rj45 or rj 50 cable (with testing we actually discovered that the RJ-45 cable also worked)
rj4/50 female socet