Many owners of smart devices use the modern amenities to improve the already mundane day to day tasks. However, in a country where 1 in 5 has a disability, adapting smart devices can give some an independent and comfortable lifestyle.
These technologies can help maintain the quality of life for someone living with a disability. They could also lower the cost of healthcare for families, insurance providers and the government.
With a bit of creativity, smart devices can offer an endless number of solutions to improve the quality of life for the specialized needs of those with disabilities. Voice or smartphone activated devices can let users control aspects of their home without assistance. Smart cameras allow caretakers to check in on their homes while away. Motion sensors, are conventionally used to detect burglaries. They can instead be used to alert loved ones when family members get out of bed or head into the kitchen to take their medicine.
Nest indoor cam
The smart cameras of Nest, a thought-leader in the world of smart homes, allow insights beyond security. When traveling, at work, or simply just not home, their Nest Cam Indoor security cameras let users take a look inside their homes, making sure that their family members are safe.
Fibaro offers an innovative solution to smart homeowners looking to automate their lives. The Fibaro Button, a programmable button that allows the manual activation of devices and appliances, can act as a panic button for those in need of assistance. The convenient size allows users to flip difficult to reach light switches and even turn on appliances while in another room.
Amazon’s Echo allows interactions beyond just the home, as the virtual assistant’s connection to the internet lets the user check the news, set timers and alarms, play music, and more. In addition to controlling IoT devices, the Echo’s ‘skills’ – a variety of native integrations to games, wearables, or food delivery services – reduce barriers in a life with disabilities.
OurBravest and R.I.S.E. are two nonprofits focused on building and implementing smart home solutions for veterans with disabilities. They are just two examples of groundbreaking companies that have already begun to realize the significant impact this technology can have on the lives of our loved ones.