People with disabilities have never imagined that technology could give them a fresh perspective on life courtesy massive advancements made to help them perform day-to-day activities.
Unlike the decades gone by where disabilities led to complete psychological breakdowns, people who are disabled are able to find ways to cope up and still take those proud strides by being able to function just like everybody else.
In this article, CodeForce 360 presents some of those advancements which are making life simpler and easier for the disabled and impaired:
TECHNOLOGIES PROMISING FRESH STARTS
1. Google’s self-driving car: With the help of Google Street View and a motley assortment of sensors and video recording devices for AI inputs, Google’s self-driving car has already hit the roads in the state of Nevada. The car is ideal for the visually impaired as well as people with other disabilities looking to travel alone.
2. Prosthetic arms: Organizations such as DARPA have been funding projects aimed at creating “smart” and highly efficient prosthetic for military veterans. Prosthetic arms are engineered to such a degree that they can be tweaked to suit the individual. Moreover, along with intriguing and remarkable features such as grip analysers that feed the level of the grip’s strength back to the individual.
3. iBot wheelchair: People in wheelchairs need assistance climbing stairs which can get exasperating. iBot’s wheelchair helps disabled individuals climb stairs without anybody’s assistance. With production stalled in the last few years, the iBot is set to be revamped courtesy the announcement of a partnership between Toyota and the Dean Kamen led DEKA.
4. Finger readers: One that’s an absolute boon for people with visual and learning disabilities. This finger-mounted reading device helps people read any given piece of text through running their fingers across the page.
5. With smart features such as vibration indicating a line switch and music indicating improper finger movement. The device, as of now, has been tested on electronic devices such as laptops and tablets with further research all set to enable users read text on paper.
6. Swipe- Sports technology for the disabled: Swipe specializes in designing ground-breaking technology for disabled athletes. One to note is their “glimpse” helmet which packs sound sensors to indicate direction and vibrations to indicate people around the user.
7. Electronic braille displays: Visually impaired individuals who are trained in reading Braille scripts are now able to read electronic text from a laptop or a table with the help of a display screens that convert this text into braille bars with configurations of dots that make up a braille character.
8. Though the cost of conversion is exorbitant at the moment, the devices are expected to be affordable in the coming years.
PAVING THE WAY FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
CodeForce 360 predicts further advancements that are set to take the world of assistive tech by storm in the years to come. These devices have captured everybody’s imagination and lives hampered by disabilities while giving them (as mentioned earlier) a fresh perspective on life altogether.
The developments are only bound to increase, empowering the disabled to strive, succeed and live amazing lives.