By using ComLink, Rehabilitation Technology companies no longer need to build entire applications from scratch. Instead they can use ready-made components, concentrating their resources on creating specialised components where necessary. The ComLink editors, with their graphical interfaces, make it easy to combine and adjust ComLink components to make an application.
Assessment and resource centre staff can use the same editors to modify applications to suit the diverse needs of end-users (adding a speech synthesis component, perhaps, or making major alterations to the vocabulary or selection sets). Non-technical therapists and helpers can also make some changes to an application, using a toolbar (created by the application designer) instead of the editors. The toolbar makes it easy to adjust text size, scanning speed or selection set items, for example.
With manufacturers and assessment centres using a common set of tools to create and modify applications, it becomes more technically and economically feasible to produce, adapt, maintain, upgrade, and support new products to meet the diverse needs of the expanding market of elderly and disabled people.