Technology that Helps: Here's how you can too!

Nearly 1 in 5 people in the United States have a disability. One would assume, that in country so rich with technological advances, that we have utilized this technology to enrich the lives of people with all abilities. Unfortunately, such is not the case.

Pick up an assistive technology catalog and you will soon realize that most all of the devices are simple, outdated technology being far overpriced. This in turn results in a large financial burden on those with disabilities, as well as outdated tools that look like medical devices.

Until recently, this was the only option for those with disabilities. But thanks to a few startups dedicated to changing this, individuals with disabilities no longer have to settle. These companies are revolutionizing the world of assistive technology. Here's a few of our favorites:

Mimi is a Berlin-based company that uses your smartphone and a pair of headphones to conduct a hearing test that will create an “earprint” that is then used to customize your music to be optimized to your specific hearing abilities.

OtoJoy is a company out of California that began by installing hearing loops, but has expanded and is now offering assistive devices such as t-coil headphones and neck loops.

Think & Zoom uses Google Glass and Neurosky EEG headset to allow you to zoom into anything simply by focussing on it.

At Pretty Smart Homes we aim to create the most effective tools for those that are deaf and hard of hearing. We began with our first product, the Pretty Smart Lamp, which is a visual notifier of all things happening on your smartphone.

Kickstarter campaigns aimed at creating assistive devices come and go, and often fail. The truth of the matter is that in order for this technological revolution of assistive devices to become a reality, we need more people to get involved.

Let the world know that equal accessibility for all matters to you by voting to have “IoT’s opportunity for accessibility” as a Panel discussion at SXSW. Your vote matters here.

 

Andrea RustComment