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TolunaTeamEN

  23 months ago

Can smart and wearable technology transform the lives of disabled people? | #TolunaNews
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Innovation and advancement in recent years enabled cutting-edge technologies to be released for the greater public, however, the convenience and functionality technology bring to most of us everyday could actually target and enhance the lives of those with physical disability and impairments.

Previously, the norm of “input” to a computer or mobile device was the traditional keyboard, but as society grows and adapts at similar speeds to technology released, voice-based input is increasingly common and the accepted way to control and navigate our smart devices from mobile phones to smart speakers and TVs.

In particular, people who are blind or have visual impairments are currently in luck, because while we leave the technological innovation and invention of voice-activated and AI systems to giant companies, smaller ones work tirelessly around the clock to find ways these can be targeted for those who may need them most.

An Edinburgh-based individual, Gavin Neate was inspired by his guide dog training job decided to set out to optimise these platforms, with one of the first applications he developed allowing disabled people to interact with a pedestrian crossing using their smartphone.

For everyday businesses, like shopping centres or coffeeshops, who want to ensure the smooth-sailing experience of all their clients, it may be sometimes difficult to know how exactly to do so, which is why the app ‘Welcome,’ was born. Neate’s latest app will allow the communication of any special needs or assistance requirements between the individual and the customer —before they even arrive!

What do you think about smart technology?

Do you agree with Robin Spinks, RNIB’s senior innovation manager, when he says “The possibilities are immense”?

Do you have any other ways in mind how we could use technology to our advantage to help those who are disabled?

Should this kind of innovation, in terms of apps, be left to the bigger companies? Or, is it a new market for smaller businesses and app developers to take hold of?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Influence your world,

Toluna Team
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shaheenb786

  23 months ago
Yes
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Michaelcore42

  23 months ago
I think in this long run it would help
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Knights007

  23 months ago
Advancement in technology with the right mindset of helping the disability is quite possible. Thinking of S Hawkings in mind, people with disability can also live their live like people with ability.
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garrymac2009

  23 months ago
brilliant possibilities.......Grrrrreat!!!.....
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fragile

  23 months ago
What a fabulous idea for the not to near future. It will certainly help those with disabilities to lead a much more active and as normal life as possible. Anyone who can achieve this is great, why leave it up to the big companies.
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nicoletagavrilas

  23 months ago
yes
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G4044042i

  23 months ago
Yes, think about S. Hawking.
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jemmamccauley

  23 months ago
Yes smart technology would definitely enable people to be more active
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A5432241m

  23 months ago
yes it could particularly prosthetics and help with mobilty
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E4145826j

  23 months ago
Add someone who's only got partial sight in one eye I think it's amazing!! The more the merrier I say
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