Disabled and looking for tech gadgets? Keep on reading. It’s a fact that people with disabilities deserve appreciation and the necessary help to fit into society.
Technology covers these needs by helping them perform various activities contrary to their disabilities. The world has seen a considerable rise in special technological devices designed to help the disabled become part of the world.
The technology may not fully solve the disability, but they have made disabled individuals like the speech-impaired communicate. Technology has a solution to every disability; some of these devices are futuristic and play a key role in bridging the gap between the disabled and non-disabled.
Here are 5 Helpful Tech Gadgets for People with Disabilities
1. The Tobii Dynavox PCEye Explore
Tobii Dynavox manufactures this device to help those with difficulty moving their arms to operate computers. Many people do not have the freedom to use computers due to their disability.
Tobii Dynavox restores hopes to such groups enabling them to watch movies on PC and perform other functions such as browsing and reading internet content. The device is compatible with Windows operating systems and enables the disabled to interact with computers and laptops without moving their arms.
It can detect the user’s intentions to move the mouse and perform a click by tracking eye movements. This device comes with an eye tracker and software that enables users to personalize the PCEye according to their needs.
The light emitted from the device is controlled to minimize the possible damage to the eye. It suits the needs of those with autism, paralysis, and spinal cord injuries, limiting the ability to move the limbs.
2. Mobility scooters
These scooters have modified the functionality of ordinary scooters to fit the needs of the elderly or disabled. They have a soft chair that allows the user to get comfortable while riding.
The control systems situated on the armchair will enable the user to navigate the scooter easily. These scooters fitted with special apparatus such as shopping baskets mean the user can get to the market or carry other items; they also have extra storage space to store personal items.
The pride mobility scooter comes in different versions, such as electric and non-electric. Its speed range is limited based on the battery capacity and speed. In addition, they also have limited speeds to prevent accidents in an emergency while riding.
3. Tactile wand electronic walking stick
Visually impaired individuals have a great challenge to move from one place to another. Walking without knowing the barriers ahead can be challenging; sometimes, you may discover the barriers late, resulting in accidents.
This device replaces traditional walking sticks with a technology that scans the path to identify any obstacles. It vibrates when it detects any obstacle, allowing the user to stop, change directions, or move away from the obstacle.
The vibration intensifies as the user gets closer to the obstacle allowing them to understand their proximity. It also enables visually impaired individuals to maneuver in crowded locations without bumping into people.
Its cameras can also detect dead ends and notify the users before falling into a hole or falling off a cliff. These cameras can detect when the path ends or tarmac roads, allowing the visually impaired individual to cross cautiously.
Old age is also considered a disability due to the challenges that come with it. The elderly may suffer from memory loss or get trapped in various house sections, making it challenging to move around.
Physically disabled individuals or bedridden elderlies have to notify a helper whenever they need some aid. Sometimes the helper or family members may be far away, leaving them in limbo, especially when facing danger.
This device allows them to communicate emergency needs by pressing a button that triggers an alarm system. The device features a mobile app integration that will enable one to monitor the situation of the elderly whenever they press a panic button. It can also notify the caretaker on the mobile phone about an emergency or urgent problem with the elderly.
5. Electric cars for the disabled
Driving a car is such an incredible feeling; however, some people do not get a chance to enjoy the feeling due to disability. Community cars give the physically disabled a chance to drive modified cars from their wheelchair.
The redesigned space for driver’s and front passenger seats also creates space for the wheelchair. Furthermore, the electric car Kangaroo EV is made from carbon fiber to reduce its weight, making it easy to steer.
Its wide and extended windscreen allows the users to see the road without any obstacles. The rear has a wide door allowing the user to get in their wheelchair. This car provides sufficient room for maneuver, store items, and a space for an additional passenger should the need arise.
The technology devices for the disabled are more than the ones discussed here. These devices might be expensive but worth it since they help the disabled enjoy themselves. They are not a solution to a disability, but they make life easier and cheerful.
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