Computer Technology for Those with Disabilities
For those with disabilities, computer technology can sometimes be a hassle. We decided to give you some great new technologies that will enhance computing for those with disabilities, in no particular order below:
Ablenet’s Impulse System
For those with amputated, paralyzed, or impaired limbs, the Impulse System Specialized software interprets the user’s commands so they can surf the web, type on the computer’s screen, and use pretty much every aspect of a computer. Electromyography technology is used by attaching a device to the user’s skin and interpreting the movements. It is available as a two-week trial and $2100 in total, with $100 for 120 disposable electrodes.
With the Jouse2, users can control their computer with simple puffs of air or mouth movement. This sells for $1400 and can be plugged into the USB port of a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Works as both a mouse and a keyboard!
This amazing invention made it all the way into New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The Lomak uses a head-mounted device that shoots a laser beam to a keyboard replacement that has 105 photo-sensitive spots arranged in circles that correspond to letters and numbers, punctuation and mouse movements. After aiming the device at what you want, and moves the beam to the Confirm button at each circle’s center, Lomak carries out the command. (There’s also an LED hand pointer for those with limited hand movement.) It doesn’t require any extra calibration and costs $2500. Works with Mac and Windows.
With the holidays right around the corner, make sure that everyone in your family can operate a computer! We hope these products have helped you. Thanks for visiting Atomic!