A few posts back, I wrote about people "inventing" politically correct words for people with disabilities mainly without their input or experience in that particular group. Now I'm going to poke fun at people who invented products they think that will help people with disabilities.
Disclaimer: This is solely my opinion and all in fun, as well as feedback for the inventors.
This invention reads the text aloud as the reader moves their finger across each word. As great as this sounds, it may help those with poor vision, but for severe vision and blind user this would be pointless. The major issue I see is finger tracking, how would the blind user be able to stay on the same line of text?
This concept is that you'll be able to control your wheelchair with a tongue piercing "joystick" and headset App instead of the traditional "suck and blow" method for quadriplegics. Didn't these people consider what would happen to the chair while eating, talking, or just the tongue rubbing on the roof of your mouth?
Scientists are working on a way to implant a chip in the brain that will "read" brainwaves into speech. The goal is to help paralyzed or speech-impaired be able to speak just by thinking it. I can see so many things wrong with this! Have you really listened to your thoughts lately? How much of what you think is actually said? This could go bad for relationships, jobs and family.
"Wasabi Smoke Alarm"
A smoke alarm that releases powerful Wasabi smell to alert the Deaf, Blind, Deafblind of impending fire. Okay, what if you burnt some toast by accident? Now your eyes are all watery, the house stinks and no one wants to come over.
"Braille Polaroid Camera"
This is a point and shoot camera that instead of printing out a picture, it prints out a braille-like tactile picture of what you snapped. This is just too complex, you'd have to take a clear picture with as little "distraction" on a clear background, etc' to be effective.
So, nice try, it's the thought that counts, but again going back to my original issue - ASK US what we'd like to see or need made.
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
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I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.