Assistive Technology is making it easier for people with disabilities to use the computer, call their loved ones, and travel from place to place. A new line of gadgets is helping people with disabilities become more independent. From computing accessories for paraplegics to specialized alarm clocks for people who are deaf, these products are practical solutions to help with daily living. Checkout the available technological options to help you participate in todays computerized world!
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For this editorial piece, I have put myself in the “sneakers” of the health and fitness professional. In an age of smart-phones, tablets, I-pads, and ever emerging technology, there is possibly an unintended consequence for health and fitness professionals. It is almost too easy to send off a quick email or text anytime, anywhere, sometimes at the literal and direct expense of the person we are trying to serve.
The AT and Apple team have come up with a wide range of assistive technology devices that go wherever you go! New mini-microphones, tiny rechargeable speakers, page bots (balls to turn pages in an eReader) and stationary clips for the leg, arm, table, arm-rest are just a few accommodation aides provided by this savvy tech company. In addition to this short list the team has developed many, many more tools that you should look into.
A new brain implant known as the BioBolt was developed by Dr Wise and his team at the University of Michigan. The goal of the implant is to help stroke patients overcome partial paralysis, and to help amputees in controlling bionic limbs. A future ‘generation’ of the BioBolt may also assist people with paralysis in moving paralyzed limbs.
Eye in the sky is everywhere, watching you, watching me, watching us all, but an ironic twist of fate has ended the career of a man who happily took advantage of his 24-hour surveillance cameras that recorded the behavior of kids with disabilities and the staff at his highly controversial “School of Shock.” If the electronic spying caught bad behavior, a student was punished by receiving electrical shocks. The school director allegedly destroyed the surveillance tapes to keep them from getting out on the Internet. He is now facing a criminal indictment involving the digital surveillance.
If a computer claimed it was responsible for a terrorist bombing, or claimed that it had analyzed and discovered secret-coded NSA messages in online articles which told it to infiltrate a terrorist network, it would likely freak some people out. However, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin were elated when a computer freaked out and told them paranoid and delusional tales. The computer seemed to take on the “split mind” of the disorder schizophrenia which can cause severely impaired thinking, emotions, and behaviors. Scientists did this to the computer to better understand the human brain.
Two Canadian students at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada have invented a new type of brain-controlled prosthetic arm that picks up mental commands through a head-set worn by the user, and wirelessly transmits the command for movement from the user’s brain to the prosthetic arm and hand.
My family already did our gift opening between the four of us, just because we travel for the holidays and don’t want to take any more stuff than necessary in the car. I had asked my husband for running accessories since I recently started training for a half marathon and I’ve always just gone by time (and mood or energy level) in terms of monitoring my workouts so I never really know how many miles I run. So he got me the Nike+ Sportband which seems like a pretty cool hi-tech fitness toy (and looks like just a pretty cool watch too).