The paradigm shift from analog to digital and robot-based technology has been one of the best things to happen to mankind in this century, from computer to construction, to automobile, to mobility and assistive technology, the robotic technology is expected to help bolster mobility across the world for people with disabilities.
Right now, more than 4,000 digital and robotic based assistive technologies have been designed for people with disabilities. From wheelchairs to various high-tech tools, a lot of companies are now focusing on research and development to improve assistive technologies.
For people with visual disabilities, braille e-book readers like the Kindle, Sony E-reader, and recently the Nook released by Barnes and Noble has been a learning tool, some of these devices even have text-to-speech features.
Have you heard about the exoskeletons? The exoskeletons are robotic walking products that help people with disabilities walk or stand. There are many technological devices that can help people with disabilities enjoy their mobility. There are devices such as standing frames, standing wheelchair, active standers.
Technology has also helped shape how people with disabilities sit, there are products that assist people to sit comfortably and safely, there are products such as seating systems, cushions, and therapeutic seats.
Mobility products generally aid people with disabilities, it helps them move freely indoors and outdoors. Technology has given the disability community wheelchairs and scooters, eyeglasses, walkers, bath seats and grabs bars. All this assistive technology is easily available in general and specialty stores.
Items like screen reading software that include screen enlargement features for persons with vision impairments. Voice recognition systems, modified keyboards, and computer mice are also available for people with disabilities.
Assistive technology is now part of the everyday life of science and technology, as well as people who use them, ride-sharing services are now accessible with the help of assistive technology, smartphone are now accessible, thanks to the various assistive apps out there. Websites are getting accessible features too, the future of assistive technology is very bright. Indeed, mobility is guaranteed for people with disabilities.
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