Technology is become integrated and more widely used, meaning that now you can control your environment by a touch of the button.
In a world where everything can seem fragmented and hard to use, it’s good news that technology is slowly moving towards our phone becoming a hub. Finding the right type of equipment to support you can involve trial and error. But, with technology constantly evolving, there are more options than ever before. Although artificial intelligence raises fears among a lot of people, particularly around the loss of anonymity and jobs, this technology can often provide increased independence.
We are now surrounded by technology that can support us in our daily living. Most of us are familiar with natural language technology, such as Siri (Apple) or Alexa (Android). This technology isn’t only useful for asking random google questions or showing off in front of our friends. It can also type documents and provide connectivity through access to networks and information.
Technology can also enable you to control your environment through voice activated software or by simply touching your screen. You can select some background music or turn on the lights from your phone. You can lie in bed and read a book for as long as you want, before adjusting your environment at the touch of a button.
Doors are a constant issue for me. Specifically, opening and closing my front door. Luckily, however, technology is here to help. There are now automatic door openers which receive the command to open from a phone. This not only cuts down having to carry keys around but also means if I am unwell and home alone then I can open the door from my bedroom with just a tap on my phone. For added security there are also door bells with cameras that link to your phone or tablet. You can see who is at the front door without leaving your armchair or, in my case, bed. It provides safety and, most importantly, independence.
Now that smart phones are becoming a hub, it’s great to see that some of the big mobile phone companies are beginning to make their devices more accessible. They might talk about it being accessible for the aging population, but we know that when you make it more accessible for one market, you generally provide improved accessibility for the wider population. Doro is one company looking at ways to make technology more accessible, with phones that provide clearer displays and voice amplifying for senior citizens. Microsoft also released an app at the end of last year called “Seeing AI”. This app is for individuals with low vision. It identifies people and their emotions, can distinguish the value and currency of cash notes and read documents. Imagine walking through an art gallery and being able to have a device read the descriptions.
Other developments that are worth keeping an eye on are the “Emma Watch” project led by Microsoft and Toyota’s Robot programme. This device aims to reduce tremors in Parkinson’s patients, supporting their ability to complete tasks like eating and writing. Toyota has been trialling a robot with an injured veteran in America over the past year. The robot is like a 24-hour personal assistant: providing drinks, clearing hall ways to avoid trip hazards and opening doors.
The smart phone is the new hub for being able to control your environment and organise your social life. By using Mycare you can also book and organise all your support workers from the palm of your hand, giving you the power to live life the way you want to.
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About the author: Natalie Brunzel works as a freelance Communication Consultant. She has worked within the disability sector for over 10 years. Her extensive knowledge of the disability sector and lived experience of an impairment provides a refreshing look at topical issues.