Google Glass – Revolutionising The Lives Of The Disabled

Revolutionizing The Lives Of The Disabled

As part of our ongoing series about how wearable tech is changing certain industries. we’ve already looked at how it’s being used by professional sports teams, neurological scientists, and the world of healthcare. Another area in which is it instigating profound changes is in the world of helping people with disabilities. We already know that cloud computing can assist the disabled, but what about specifically Google Glass?

Andy Lin, a Technology Specialist at the Centre for Applied Rehabilitation Technology at ‘Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Centre’, is hoping to customise the device in an attempt to provide new levels of accessibility for his patients. One unnamed patient who has benefited the most from Lin’s tweaks suffers from muscular dystrophy. The patient in question already is forced to use a wheelchair for mobility and a ventilator for breathing; his limited motor skills means until now he has been unable to enjoy a hobby that most people taking for granted – photography.

“He was just moved by the ability to take a picture. I think with a lot of our patients that may be the feature they would use the most – being able to take pictures and share it with friends and family. The patients have been really enthused about and supportive of the project,” Lin said. “It seems like word about Google Glass here at the hospital has spread like wildfire. It’s definitely fun showing the device to people and seeing their reactions. I most enjoy when I demo it to patients though, and seeing their faces light up,”

Another patient called Rosie has also drawn huge benefit’s from Lin’s work. She has very limited mobility and is required to use a wheelchair. Sadly, she cannot speak and needs to use a synthesised voice machine to communicate, while additional lacking the motor control to used the touchpad on Glass. To overcome the issue, Lin has been experimenting with switch access –  an assistive technology device that replaces the need to use a computer keyboard or mouse. He hopes patients with both cognitive and physical disabilities can take advantage – allowing sufferers of ALS, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, strokes, and brain injuries to all ultimately improve their quality of life.

Due to the device’s features such as eye control (where a wink can take a photo) and head control gestures, Lin’s expects to be able to further customise the machine to help patients with no motor control at all. He is also working on a bluetooth joystick, allowing users to circumnavigate the need for voice control and manage the devices directly from their wheelchairs. He is collaborating with developers in an attempt to build prototype machines that can test the above ideas.

By Daniel Price

Jim Fagan

Behind The Headlines: Capacity For The Rest Of Us

Capacity For The Rest Of Us We live in the connected age, and the rise of cloud computing that creates previously unheard of value in our professional and personal lives is at the very heart ...
Kelly Dyer

Healthcare Data Security: Why It Matters

Healthcare Data Security Today, electronic healthcare data exists at every point along a patient’s journey. So frequently is it being processed, accessed, and shared between multiple providers, that we’d be forgiven for forgetting the highly ...
James Crowley

Does Open-Source Software Hold the Key to Data Security?

Open-Source Software Data Security Whether you realize it or not, open-source software is everywhere in our everyday tech, from mobile phones to air travel, from streaming Netflix to space exploration. Open-source software has played a ...
Fernando Castanheira

How the Shift to Hybrid Work Will Impact Digital Transformations

The Shift to Hybrid Work Before COVID-19, most enterprises had a digital transformation in flight, but the pandemic threw those programs into hyperdrive. Scrambling to accommodate workforces that were suddenly working online and mostly from ...
Matrix

Are We Building The Matrix?…

When sci-fi films like Tom Cruise’s Oblivion depict humans living in the clouds, we imagine that humanity might one day leave our primitive dwellings attached to the ground and ascend to floating castles in the ...

CLOUD MONITORING

The CloudTweaks technology lists will include updated resources to leading services from around the globe. Examples include leading IT Monitoring Services, Bootcamps, VPNs, CDNs, Reseller Programs and much more...

  • Opsview

    Opsview

    Opsview is a global privately held IT Systems Management software company whose core product, Opsview Enterprise was released in 2009. The company has offices in the UK and USA, boasting some 35,000 corporate clients. Their prominent clients include Cisco, MIT, Allianz, NewVoiceMedia, Active Network, and University of Surrey.

  • Nagios

    Nagios

    Nagios is one of the leading vendors of IT monitoring and management tools offering cloud monitoring capabilities for AWS, EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) and S3 (Simple Storage Service). Their products include infrastructure, server, and network monitoring solutions like Nagios XI, Nagios Log Server, and Nagios Network Analyzer.

  • Datadog

    DataDog

    DataDog is a startup based out of New York which secured $31 Million in series C funding. They are quickly making a name for themselves and have a truly impressive client list with the likes of Adobe, Salesforce, HP, Facebook and many others.

  • Sematext Logo

    Sematext

    Sematext bridges the gap between performance monitoring, real user monitoring, transaction tracing, and logs. Sematext all-in-one monitoring platform gives businesses full-stack visibility by exposing logs, metrics, and traces through a single Cloud or On-Premise solution. Sematext helps smart DevOps teams move faster.