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10 Technology Advancements That Change Everything For People With Disabilities

These technologies are making a real difference to people today

15Feb

Innovations in technology have improved the lives of everyday Americans as well as the disabled. Those saddled with disabilities now enjoy a higher quality of life than ever before. Let's take a look at some of the technological advances that have drastically improved the lives of the disabled.

The DynaVox EyeMax System

DynaVox EyeMax combined with Vmax+ helps stroke victims and those who suffer from paralysis or cerebral palsy engage in verbal communication with their eyes. This technology is built with an eye tracking system that allows users to interact with a screen-based keyboard to enter words that are then translated into verbal communication. 

Google's Driverless Car

Google's driverless car can be legally driven in Nevada. It will likely be available to residents throughout the country in the near future. The driverless car is perfect for disabled individuals who have physical or mental ailments that prevent them from operating a motor vehicle. It operates on a combination of artificial intelligence and Google Street View. The self-driving car has not been blamed for any accidents. Rather, the vehicle has only been involved in accidents caused by negligent human drivers.

The Kapten PLUS Navigation Device

Those who suffer from a visual impairment find that traveling alone is quite difficult. The Kapten PLUS Navigation tool functions as a diminutive GPS locator that a disabled person can carry at all times. They simply walk down the street and the Kapten device verbalizes the direction/location so they know exactly where they are and where they're heading.

The iBot Wheelchair

This amazing invention allows disabled people to climb stairs in a wheelchair. Thanks to the iBot Wheelchair, it is no longer necessary for them to ask their friends or family to carry them up the stairs. This remarkable creation really is the ATV of wheelchairs.

DEKA Robotic Arm

The man behind the segway, Dean Kamen, created a prosthetic arm for injured individuals. It operates with incredible precision, allowing soldiers and other disabled individuals to accomplish feats that involve extensive use of the fingers such as peeling fruits. The DEKA Robotic Arm comes with customizable controls as well as modular components that allow users to enjoy customized enhancements, regardless of whether they need a full shoulder socket or an arm.

Closed Captioning Service

A captioning service will allow individuals with disabilities to have equal access to resources. It is used by television stations, universities and institutions across the world. The technology places vocalized words on a screen so those with hearing challenges can understand exactly what is being communicated.

Cochlear Implants

This tiny device functions as more than a mere hearing aid. It absorbs sound through a microphone, transmits the signal to a small computer behind the ear and transfers the information to a digital signal that reaches the implant. Modern day cochlear implants provide over twenty sound channels, helping the disabled hear with incredibly high quality.

Nuance

Nuance empowers disabled individuals to dictate messages that are typed on their computers or phones. It also converts phone text to intelligible speech. It's quite the helpful technology for those who suffer from learning disabilities like dyslexia as they can express their ideas without trudging through frustrating written assignments.

Purple Communications' Video Phone

Purple Communications has developed a video phone that empowers the deaf or those who suffer from auditory impairments to engage in communication over the phone. The phone functions with a video relay service used on high definition TVs. There's a live sign language interpreter who works in a remote location, transmitting messages in real-time.

Apple's AssistiveTouch

AssistiveTouch is available for the iPad and the iPhone. This technology allows those who suffer from motor control problems to use touchscreens in a specialized manner. Rather than pinching the screen to zoom in and adjust settings, the AssistiveTouch provides an on-screen guide that empowers users to perform such functions by merely tapping.

Technology is making the world a much more tolerant place for the disabled. As we progress into the future, the trans-humanism movement will continue to grow.

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