Technology has lent a hand for people with disabilities – they can lead a pretty normal life with many assistive tech these days. Most of these assistive gadgets are reasonably priced, and many are available on funding from different organizations hence availing the convenience isn’t really a far cry anymore. People with visual impairment can get directions, hearing impaired can hear better, people with shaky hands could now be more confident with a tech assisted stable hands – and so on. Here are 10 best assistive technologies for people with various disability.
Dot is a smartwatch, but a different one. Instead of a touch screen, Dot has four rows of dots on its surface. Each set contains six rows, so there are total 12 dots in total. These dots rise up and go down to create an alphabetical shape and form a braille message for the vision impaired people. Dot could connect to smartphones using Bluetooth and sync data at a decent speed. Starting from texts, tweets, blind people can even read books on it.
UNI is a communication tool for the deaf people. People who are deaf from birth may not know how to detect spoken communication by another person, but they could be fluent in reading. UNI does two jobs – converts sign & gesture language into text and speech into text; this happens very quickly, in real time. The gadget would detect the hand gestures and position to read the message and turn it into text. Also, someone could generate their very own gesture language as well.
This application helps people with disabilities in speaking. Not completely deaf, some people with speaking disabilities may just be able to come up with gibberish communication skills and Talkitt can help establish a communication between other people by converting those pronunciation into understandable language. Speech impediment could be mentally disturbing to people who has it, but Talkitt can help them gain confidence.
- Sesame phone
Smartphones are regular gadgets these days for everyone, but they may not be fully equipped for people with disability to operate. To cope up with special needs, smartphones need to properly fit with additional disability-friendly equipment and Sesame phone meets that need. Unlike most regular handsets, this handset could be operated via floating hand gestures and they will be detected via the front camera. Voice control is available as well.
- Finger Reader
Books transcoded in braille aren’t available for all books ever printed yet – what if a vision impaired person would want to read an interesting or informative book that still awaits braille transcoding? Finger Reader is the best help in such cases someone with vision impairment could get. It’s a wearable gadget, needs to be worn on a fingertip and user could just hover over a text and provide audio readout in real time. There’s a camera on the wearable which scans the texts and does the rest of the job.
- Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is an iOS App for the iPhones. The job it does is very simple, but yet effective. Be My Eyes utilizes the rear camera on an iPhone to see whatever is presented in front of the camera. Be My Eyes has a network of volunteers who would read out or describe what’s seen in the camera, it’s basically someone else helping the vision impaired to make them see things. The app makes a video call to an available volunteer.
This is a smartphone app for deaf people, who can have a group conversation on their smart devices. One-to-one communication via sign or gestures could be very well done but when it comes to group conversations, hearing impaired people may face certain difficulties. Transcense takes voice input and turns them into text in real time with colored text bubbles so that everyone can distinguish everyone else.
- AXS Map
Not every shopping mall, bus or railway station or public offices are accessible to people with various disabilities – say a place without wheelchair ramps would be a nightmare for someone with movement impairment. Having the information of such facilities on an installment would allow disable people to prepare beforehand; AXS Map lists the places with wheelchair accessibility.
- assist Mi
Basically a social network of volunteers and caregivers to take care of disabled people. People with disability can open accounts and so do the volunteers, and assist Mi platform would connect them all in real life for any sort of assistance.
People with shaky hands can now finally be confident about their chores, and get over the mild tremors in their hands. The user manual describes about the setup and usage, old people or anyone with shaky hands can now perform tasks without additional assistance.
These 10 techs are mostly devices or smartphone apps and they are pretty well crafted to meet every disabled person’s needs. Technology indeed makes lives easier.