There’s more to technology than the latest iPhone or Ping-Pong cars. Now, more than ever, technology is helping people living with disabilities or chronic illness, and new inventions are improving the quality of life and bringing greater independence.
Tech expert Avery Swartz shares some cutting edge examples in the video clip above.
An estimated 1,000,000 people in Canada and the United States have limited or no use of their arms, meaning they’re unable to use touchscreen devices that could provide access to helpful apps and services. There are existing solutions for desktop computers—but they can cost up to $1,500 USD and don’t work great on mobile devices.
Makers Making Change connects makers with people who need assistive technology, and one of their projects is the LipSync. It’s a mouth-controlled input device, which enables people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device.
The LipSync kit can be ordered for $250. For more information, visit MakersMakingChange.com.
eSight’s Electronic Glasses
Canadian company eSight wants to make blindness history for the 250-million people worldwide who are visually impaired. Eighty-five per cent of those are not totally blind, and eSight has created a set of electronic glasses that allow the legally blind to see.
The eSight vision-assisted headset and visor uses digital cameras (with up to 24x zoom) to display the world around the wearer. The picture is enhanced and displayed on screens close to the user’s eyes, so they can see much greater detail.
eSight is clinically validated by Health Canada and the glasses were named the Best Invention of 2017 by TIME Magazine.
Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System
There are 11-million Canadians affected by Diabetes, and many have to regularly check their blood glucose levels. The Dexcom G5 mobile continuous glucose monitoring system has a senor that measures glucose levels just under the skin, eliminating the need for constantly pricking your finger to test your blood.
The system checks levels ever five minutes, and transmits the information to a smart device, and the app will alert the user if their blood glucose level dips too low or too high.
Friends and family can also monitor their loved one’s levels with the Dexcom Follow app.