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All it takes is a cursory glance at the world around us to realize that technology is advancing at an alarming rate. Remember when the debut of Apple’s iPhone dominated the news? Only a few short years later, we find ourselves already looking at four generations of iPhones and counting, with each generation bringing advancements and new features previously considered unobtainable.
Assistive technology is no different. It has been around a long time – think automatic garage door openers and the bell that dings when an elevator arrives – but in recent years the advancements and availability of programs and devices have been astronomical. Computers can now be activated by voice, and users with limited vision can listen as their computer communicates with them; touchscreen technology is ideal for users with limited dexterity.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Consider some of these high-tech advancements in assistive technology devices:
Prosthetic limbs have come a long way and continue to evolve. Scientists continue to explore the possibility of recreating the brain impulses used to move natural limbs so that artificial limbs can also be moved neurally.
These wireless devices not only monitor vital signs and areas of concern, but they can also communicate any issues directly to your physician.
Computerized Pill Dispensers
Gone are the days of having to rely on memory or a manual system for taking medication. Pill dispensers are now available with various technological reminders, including sound and vibrating alarms.
As assistive technology continues to advance, the potential for members of the aging and disabled population to live active lives continues to expand.