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USB Switch Interface


The Swifty you have come to know and love has been improved. Second generation Swifty is now shipping, with significant improvements. It now sips even lower power and supports USB Remote Wakeup. As the name implies, an adaptive switch can be used to not only access a computer it can be used to wake it from sleep (USB Host must support Remote Wakeup). Even if you're not using Swifty for access you can use it to wakeup your computer.

Tired of that loud fan? Let your computer go to sleep—now Swifty can wake it up whenever you're ready to go!

A new popular feature is Swifty's ability to automatically detect a 3.5mm mono or stereo plug, no need to fuss with the DIP switch for selecting a single or dual switch. For the busy professional this new feature alone will save hours of time and eliminate many opportunities for confusion.

If you're looking for an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch switch interface check out Tapio. It builds on Swifty by adding additional iOS specific modes to a proven and brilliant switch interface.

Swifty is a speedy USB switch interface in an extremely compact design. Working with up to two wired switches, or three wirelessly through Beam™ this pint-sized powerhouse can output mouse clicks, joystick buttons or keyboard characters.

  • Extremely low latency
  • Extremely Low Power
  • 3.5-mm (1/8-inch ) stereo jack
  • Automatically detects stereo and mono plugs
  • Up to 3-Inputs with Beam
  • Wireless input with Beam
  • Mouse button, joystick button and keyboard emulation
  • Full speed USB device
  • USB powered
  • Uses standard USB HID drivers
  • Supports USB Remote Wakeup
  • Weighs ½-ounce (14-grams)
  • 2- by 0.8- by 0.5-inches (51- by 20- by 13-mm)
  • Works with Windows, Mac OS and Linux
  • 1-year limited warranty

New or improved Feature

Swifty accepts industry standard 3.5-mm, stereo or mono plugs for directly connecting up to two adaptive switches and Swifty is powered from the USB host so no external power is required. Swifty utilizes standard USB Human Interface Device (HID) drivers and works with Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers and many AAC devices.

Swifty plugged into notebook computer

Swifty includes an integrated wireless receiver for communicating with Beam™. Users can connect their adaptive switches to Beam for wireless communications to Swifty, so they don't have to stay tethered to the computer. Beam also has an additional input for supporting up to three adaptive switches.

Swifty's integrated mode switch selects mouse, joystick, or keyboard functions as shown below.

USB Device Interface Action
Mouse Left, Right, Middle*
Joystick Btn1, Btn2, Btn3*
Keyboard Enter, Space, Tab*
Keyboard 1, 2, 3*

* Up to two switches can be directly connected to Swifty and up to three switches can be wirelessly interfaced with the optional Beam transmitter.

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Optional 3-Piece Cable Kit

Cable kit for Swifty

The Cable Kit is a popular accessory for Swifty and HeadMouse Extreme users. The Cable Kit includes:

  • Stereo-to-mono plug adapter *
  • 2.5-foot (760-mm) USB extender cable
  • 1-foot (300-mm) 3.5-mm switch extender cable

* – The stereo-to-mono adapter allows two single switches with mono plugs to be connected to Swifty, Tapio, HeadMouse, or other 3.5mm, switch adapted device.

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Not All Splitters are Alike

There are two kinds of audio "splitters" one breaks up a stereo signal into a mono left and mono right channel – the kind used for a switch interface. The other kind of "splitter" is used to share one stereo signal with two sets of headphones each with a left and right channel. You cannot tell which type you have by looking, it must be tested.

Here is a simple test. Plug your splitter into a audio source (e.g. iPhone) plug your stereo headphones into one of the splitter jacks, if you only hear one of the stereo channels you have the correct splitter for a switch interface.

If you hear both left and right channels you have the wrong splitter.

This document has a more in-depth explanation.

Swifty and Beam Bundle

Swifty and Beam

Tired of wires? Beam can team with Swifty, allowing users to remotely activate mouse clicks, joystick buttons or keyboard functions. Don't be tied down - let freedom reign.

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Swifty and Orby Bundles

Swifty and Orby

Need an attractive and durable switch? Teaming Orby with Swifty enables users to generate mouse clicks, joystick buttons or keyboard functions with simple taps on Orby.

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(Orby is available in four fun colors)

Additional Resources

Download Swifty User Guide

Stereo to Mono Adapter

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Purchase Information


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Swifty Beam Bundle

Swifty Orby Bundle

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