|There are a multitude of developments,|
all bringing convenience and hands-free options.
No matter how difficult and frustrating mobility issues become, there's a solution in the form of voice control. Vocalized commands issued to an electronic module enter through a microphone and are digitally processed by speech recognition technology. Thanks to the development of software able to intelligently differentiate and act upon spoken keywords and commands, hardware devices can beam an infrared signal to any device that's normally controlled by an ordinary remote control. The result is intimate control of your local environment, of televisions, consumer electronics, Blu-Ray players, and much more.
Blending the discrete electronic elements of a remote control and a speech recognition module, the VoiceIR Environmental Voice Controller is a fine example of this concept, using over 120 commands that vary in complexity. This is hands-free dominion over dozens of household electronics, expandable to garage doors, lighting, and more.
Invaluable Apps and Add-ons
The realm of mobile technology brings focus to accessibility by providing Apps that enable mobility challenges to be resolved with minimal or no movement involved. Capacitive touchscreen technology is part of the answer, as is App architecture designed to match individual needs, whether they be partial or full paralysis, loss of muscular control, or trouble with fine motor control. The HouseMate environmental control system is a specially designed resolution for people living with such obstacles, bringing an innovative App interface to operate infrared devices just as a regular remote control would. Any device, entertainment component, or household item with an infrared eye can be activated by a touch of a button. Unable to touch the screen of an Android device? There are configurable options to move a chin or hand joystick, or to use an HID mouse accessory.
Bluetooth connectivity, infrared control, and smart App design enables anyone with mobility problems to use an Android device to take command of the home. Apple device Apps are available, but the iOS platform is more locked down in comparison to the open-source Android operating system.
This is only the smallest sampling of developments coming to market. Imagine a network connected home that has cameras at every door. An App delivers keyless entry to approaching guests, removing the strain of trying to get to the door and allow people into your house. Check your entry camera and talk through an intercom to query strangers before using a voice command or your own App to open the door. There's a multitude of these developments, all bringing convenience and hands-free operation.
Beth Kelly is a freelance blogger and writer for securitychoice.com. She’s become passionate about the intersection between technology and healthcare issues, and how the newest innovations can help make life easier. She lives and works in Chicago where she can often be found spending her free time lounging by the lake.
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