No matter what disability you’re suffering from, the leaps and bounds in technological advancement these days can help make your life infinitely easier. The challenge lies in keeping yourself updated with the latest happenings. Reading magazines like Popular Science can be one great way to help stay abreast of all the new and cool things happening. Even just browsing the internet and staying on top of tech blogs is an excellent way to keep up to date on all the cool offerings in the world of tech.
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest tech innovations that have helped people with all sorts of disabilities.
The DynaVox EyeMax system is an advanced input device that allows people to communicate using a special screen that takes input selections directly from a users eyes. It’s pretty amazing how this works. Basically the screen can track eye movements and allow the person to control the device using their eyes. This can help people with limited mobility quite a bit, and it can also help the disabled to develop advanced and upper level communication. It’s a very cool device that improves the quality of life for so many people already.
According to the company, most humans tend to talk about the same things, whether they are 4 or 40. The menu driven system in EyeMax enables users to open up menus for various scenes and situations. For example, there is a scene of a bedroom where users can select various objects in the room to talk about them more complexly. Communication to the outside world is also enabled in the form of internet access and even texting! It’s a great way for people with disabilities to participate in all the things that we tend to take for granted.
The Kapten PLUS Personal Navigation Device is a GPS type unit that a person wears that announces to the user the direction they are going and any other important navigational information they need to know. This is extremely helpful and could open up a whole new world for blind people to get around. This sort of technology was not available even 5 years ago, and it’s amazing to see just what can be done for people who are at a disadvantage. In fact, I almost want one of these for myself, and I’m not even blind! It’s a great way for blind people or people with vision impairment to check out new places and to break out of their usual routes.
And it’s no surprise that Google is getting their hands dirty in adaptive technology. The driverless car is already street legal in Nevada, and could be a huge boon to disabled persons that cannot drive themselves. It uses numerous inputs from cameras, sensors, map information from Google maps and street view, and more. It’s an amazing device that has grown in improvements in leaps and bounds since its inception a few years ago. What was once something of science fiction is now something of reality.