Adaptive technologies have been around for quite some time. Technology is an integral part of everyday life. There are so many apps and gadgets available for people no matter their disability. In this post, you will learn about four different forms of adaptive technologies that are making life accessible to everyone. Here, we look at a few assistive technologies (devices and software) and how they are helping with making things more accessible.
1. Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller ($99.99)
In 2018, Microsoft designed a controller that would cater to gamers with limited mobility. The Adaptive Controller features the same controls found on any Xbox One controller, but with large programmable buttons. The controller allows users to attach various peripherals and is designed to suit the needs of many. The back of the controller features 19 3.5mm ports for connecting switches, extra large buttons, pedals, and proximity sensors. The Adaptive Controller is a part of the Xbox Family. Gamers can use it on Xbox One Consoles and Windows 10 PCs with features such as Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, Co-pilot, and a 3.5mm stereo headset jack. Microsoft partnered with The AbleGamers Foundation, The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, SpecialEffect, and Warfighter Engaged to design the controller. The packaging was also adequately thought out in the design process. Through the Xbox Accessories app on Xbox One or Windows 10 gamers can further customize their experience through button remapping and profiles.
2. Dot $359.00
Dot is a wearable Braille smart watch that helps the blind access messages, tweets, and even books. The Dot provides users with access to features that people need throughout their day: Time and Date, Alarm Clock, Timer, and Stopwatch. Users can connect their favorite calendar app to revive reminders for upcoming appointments. Furthermore, automatic updates from a weather app will instantly appear on the watch also. Users are also able to know who is calling before answering or decline calls. When you receive a call on your smartphone, the Dot vibrates and displays the name of the caller. With a simple tap of a button, users can decline a call. Messages on the smartphone are instantly translated to Braille and forwarded to your Dot. With Auto-Scroll, the watch will allow for fast and comfortable reading. The Dot is supported by iPhone 5s and above and most Android devices via Bluetooth LE 4.2.
UNI is a two-way communication tool for the deaf. By using gesture and speech technology, UNI works by recognizing hand and finger gestures. After it has identified the gestures, it then converts that information into text in a short time. UNI users can create their sign language with SignBuilder. SignBuilder allows users to add their language to the dictionaries. UNI is used in many industries such as Transportation, Media, Educational, etc.
4. Liftware (Prices Vary)
Liftware is a selection self-stabilizing utensils. The utensils were designed to help people with hand tremors or limited hand and arm mobility. The handle contains sensors to detect hand motion. Featuring a rechargeable battery, users can use the device for about three meals a day. Liftware products come in two different variations. Users can choose either the “Steady” or Level. Each serves an essential purpose for its users.