Better Functionality With Wearable Technology
Wearable technology seems to be everywhere these days. What is more interesting is the fact that people from various sectors and industries are also talking about wearable technology. So, it wouldn’t be just the Elon Musks and the Mike Bells of the world but also the Rebecca Minkoffs and the Ralph Laurens who are talking about wearable tech. More importantly, wearable tech is also going a long way in enhancing the functionality of human beings everywhere. And when one talks about the differently abled, then this enhancement of functionality can go a very long way indeed.
Take for instance the use of Google Glass by an individual dealing with muscular dystrophy. Such an individual can do a lot more with this device simply because it offers hands-free capabilities. Google Glass is also offering eye control and head movement so people who have limited use of their muscles can avail the opportunities presented by the use of this wearable tech device.
Another area of some extraordinarily exciting work is being done by InteraXon. This company has developed a headband called Muse which is capable of translating cerebral activity onto a smart phone. Even though This can be extremely useful for people who have use of cognitive and mental functions.
Added technology that is coming to the fore when it comes to helping people with sight or vision disabilities is a haptic shoe. One product that is making its presence felt in this domain is the Lechal Shoes by Ducere. Basically, the shoes will detect obstacles and communicate their presence through vibrations to the wearers. Another product in this domain is the GPS enabled vest developed by Point Locus.
Some of the areas in which wearable tech is doing great things are communications, navigation, enhancement of visual capabilities and in assisted living itself. For instance, smart clothing today has the ability to monitor heart rate, body temperature and so on. Combine this capability with smart devices such as beacons and smart watches and you will have a less invasive and more proactive way of taking care of individuals who are otherwise bedridden.
Georgia Tech is also doing some immense work when it comes to wearable devices. Assistive technology has been developed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease. There is also a gesture pendant which allows people to control various devices at home with hand gestures. The ability to translate sign language is another area of work that is being done by this institution.
There is absolutely no denying the fact that wearable technology is for everybody. Therefore, by inclusion, wearable technology will be for the people who are dealing with physical and mental challenges as well. There is no reason why mobility, cognitive power and thought processes should be reduced when there is wearable technology for everybody.