The Future of Assistive Technology

The future of assistive technology is growing at a rapid rate.  We are already seeing artificial intelligence controlling devices and even cars.  Sadly, accessibility isn’t quite there yet for the physically disabled.

This is where assistive technology comes in, as those who are disabled can do daily tasks confidently.  What does the future of assistive technology look like?

The Internet of Things

This isn’t only for people with disabilities, and also useful for those who struggle to use devices and appliances due to limited mobility.  Most appliances have buttons but aren’t helpful for the blind or visually impaired.  With the Internet of Things – this is no longer a struggle. Appliances can now be linked to your smartphone and controlled via speech recognition.

Cars for the Blind

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a chauffeur or caregiver drive them around. Many people with disabilities rely on public transportation.  Traveling this way can be difficult as there is no way of knowing if you are at the correct stop.  A car is being developed that can be driven by the blind.  Developed by Dennis Hong, the mechanics of the car are very technical, including many types of sensory inputs for the driver.  This includes seat vibration signals in gloves worn by the driver and auditory alerts using a headset.  It may seem difficult to grasp, but it could work wonders when it is ready to be driven.

Stair-Climbing Wheelchair

When struggling from limited mobility, traveling around your environment can be very difficult. It is almost impossible to get over those steps and hills.  With this wheelchair, it is now possible to climb stairs and more.  The wheelchair is made from self-balancing technology so that you can climb stairs without getting out of the wheelchair.  This wheelchair isn’t being, manufactured yet, but is a great invention to look forward to.