Vision-Focused Technology

Technology is changing the daily lives of people with disabilities to create a more accessible and inclusive human experience.  In particular, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other companies have the potential to fundamentally change the mobility, employment and lifestyle of people who are blind and vision-impaired, says an article on MacRumours.  The same can be said for artificial intelligence software like Amazon's Echo, Microsoft's Seeing AI app, and Apple's Siri.

Aira is one example. Aira users wear special glasses that connect them to a human representative who describes the user's surroundings as they move around.

Apple's devices have numerous features aimed at users who are visually impaired, including the screen reader app VoiceOver, display accommodations, the magnifier, and resizable text options. Siri, for example, can be used to send texts. 

The next potential "life-changing" technology for people who are blind, however, may be the driverless car. Apple is working on an autonomous driving system that would be integrated into an existing manufacturer's vehicle.  Other companies have beaten Apple to market in this field. Waymo started life as Google’s self-driving car project. The autonomous car service is due to launch sometime in 2018 or early 2019. The cars will offer audio tools and Braille labels so that riders who are visually impaired can easily request the car to pull over, or call a Waymo dispatcher. 

Read the full article on MacRumors here: