Assistive Technology and its range of uses

Assistive technology products revolutionise people’s lives. People who lack the mobility to open doors or answer telephones benefit dramatically from communication products and home automation products.

One of the most interesting recent pieces of assistive technology is the EvoAssist 2.0. The EvoAssist transforms an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad into a universal environmental control device. It integrates with a variety of home automation systems allowing the user to control them remotely all from the comfort of their iDevice. For example when integrated with a video intercom, the EvoAssist can display an image of the caller and provide two-way speech all using the EvoAssist 2.0 app. Using this technology the EvoAssist 2.0 user can accurately and safely identify the caller, before deciding whether to let them into their home. Not only that but it allows control of the telephone, curtains, TV, home entertainment system, alarm call and lights.

Another incredible assistive technology device is the PCEye from Tobii. It works by converting eye movement into cursor movement on your computer screen, allowing users to control both mouse and keyboard input using only their eyes.

In this blog post so far we’ve only touched on a tiny amount of assistive technology products. There’s a vast range of Door Openers, Lock Release Systems, Specialised Intercoms, Bed and Chair Controls, Alarms and Pagers, Lightning and much more. Assistive technology is changing peoples lives on a daily basis, giving people with disabilities  that a real sense of freedom.

Is there a specific assistive technology product you’d like to see us focus on in the future? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Benefits of Assistive Technology

For a long time people living with serious mental and physical disabilities had to be with constant care, the thought of living independently was impossible. ‘Assistive Technology’ is a generic term that describes anything which is designed to help a person living with a disability lead a normal life. Simple forms of Assistive Technology include hearing aids, wheelchairs, large print text and Braille.

Recently various companies have been developing technologies which can help people with serious disabilities to live with minimal care. These technologies include iPod/iPad apps that can open doors/windows, operate TVs/Radios, control the heating and turn lights on or off.  Other technologies include computers which use a specialised interface that can monitor eye movements to make selections and write text.

Assistive Technologies are not only beneficial to users by giving them an independence which they wouldn’t normally have, but also the family and friends of the user are also granted peace of mind knowing that their loved one has the help they deserve. The council and local government also benefit from having assistive technology installed in certain homes as it reduces the need for around the clock assistance and can therefore ether assign carers to people who are in desperate need of constant care or focus their resources into other areas of local government.

Assistive Technologies are not just for the physically disabled, they can also be used by the mentally disabled, such as an old person living with dementia. They could have a system installed which will remind them when to take medicine and alert the authorities if a fire starts for example. The list of benefits from Assistive Technology is endless, it can have a truly positive effect on the lives of many.

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Assistive Technologies reducing the barriers of communication

Basic communication skills are crucial for survival as human beings. One of the basic needs is connection with others. Unfortunately, impairments can lead to isolation in society. Impairments can provide the victim with frustration and depression; however, it is important for the individual to lead a fulfilling life.

It is vital to provide the individual with tools to become more self-sufficient and lead a normal life. Assistive technology is becoming increasingly popular, as it delivers help and support to a variety of people with varying degrees of impairment.

Why assistive technology is important?

We all need to technology in our lives, to make even the most demanding task easier. The majority of people use a mobile phone to communicate with others. Commuters may use a car to get to work and people use the Internet to find out information about various subjects.

Assistive technology is helping those that require assistance to the most basic tasks that able-bodied people take for granted.

Examples of Assistive Technology

Many people enjoy independence and the ability to do things on their own terms.  Thanks to remote control, technologies such as infrared, Bluetooth and wireless internet (Wi-Fi) new opportunities have made assistive technology what it is today.

Your living environment can be fully automated. Home control systems provide the best in assistive technologies. A variety of home-automated methods are available from touch screen and even eye control providing convenience and flexibility for the user.

For instance, an individual can use a mobile phone, iPhone, iPad, smart phone or a remote control to operate reclining chairs, doors, lights, lamps, windows, curtains, central heating, TV’s, DVD and many more appliances .

Assistive Technology enriching people’s lives

Numerous residential care homes use remote control applications, not only making life easier for the patient, but also allowing staff to spend more quality time with patients.  The purpose of this technology is to make life easier as possible. Regardless of the level of impairment, assistive technologies can make a huge difference.

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Assistive Technology Devices for The Home

Independence is important for many, however, as we reach our later years we become more dependent on our families, neighbours, friends and even care workers. Fortunately, living the 21st and with technological advancements in assistive technology – more people are capable of living a better life and claiming back a level of freedom.

Modern technology including: video monitoring, remote controls, radio control devices, infra-red devices and Bluetooth technology can have a dramatic impact on the ease of daily tasks – that abled bodied individuals take for granted.

The benefits of using Assistive Technology

  • Flexibility – there is a variety of assistive technology devices readily available that can complete numerous tasks including:
    • Lighting control
    • Opening blinds, doors, curtains and windows
    • Controlling the adjustment of beds
    • The availability to raise reclining chairs
    • Safety – ensuring that individuals are safe in their own home is a key priority. If an elderly person lives alone, it is imperative that help is available at a moment’s notice.
    • Convenience – life should not be a daily struggle, therefore, it is crucial that devices are set in place to make modern living as comfortable as possible.
    • Automation – if a patient is suffering from dementia, it is critical that certain automation procedures are in place such as: switching the lights off and ensuring that doors and windows are closed.
    • Enriching peoples life’s – assistive technology products are improving the quality of people’s life’s tremendously and also reducing emotions such as: frustration, anxiety, stress and depression.

Introducing the evoassist, the latest in assistive technology

The evoassist is a great example of an assistive technology device. The application is available on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. The evoassist application allows users to control a variety of household devices from one centralised location.

Some of the great features include:

  • Call for assistance – Ever stuck and require help? The Call for assistance feature will provide help straight away!
  • Control your environment – Operate curtains, the TV, sound system, doors and windows.
  • Make telephone calls – The evoassist allows you to make telephone calls easily.

For more information on how assistive technology can enrich the lives of the elderly and the disabled visit assistive-technologies.co.uk.

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