My last post talking about technology for Sport fans who are Deafblind got me thinking about other needs for technology in general.
There have been a lot of advances in Techology available lately for the Deafblind. Such as GPS attachment for the portable Braille notetaker (computer) to describe locations and directions. They're now developing an App to describe and give directions for indoor places, right down to positions of tables and chairs. There's "Face to Face" Communicators for Deafblind to communicate to non-signers via Instant Messaging, they give the other party a "pager" to type on and it's text messages back and forth. There are programs to translate speech to text but it's limited to "programmed speakers", meaning the speaker would have to "set up" with the program to recognize that speaker. It's not ready for general use.
What I'd like to see made available are Caption to Braille programs, more haptic products - products that vibrate information, portable text to braille readers, and maybe even eyeglasses that "scan" to braille.
Caption to Braille - it probably won't be feasible to do this "live" but for recorded programs to download and translate to braille would be great. I'd love to be able to keep up with the News, politics and even the latest episode of "The Walking Dead".
Haptic products - there are many products for the Blind that transmit audible information, why not into vibrations for the Deafblind? The Olive Garden has a vibrating pager for calling guests to be seated, why can't this be available for Deafblind clients? Hand one unit to the secretary or hostess "click this when it's my turn".
Portable text to braille programs or Apps - there's some available that you can snap a photo of a page and the program "reads" it to you, why not into braille. It'll make reading menus, room signs, and handouts a lot easier.
Eyeglasses - Google Glass is being innovated to use with Blind users to scan their surroundings into audible clues. Why not "send" the same information to a portable, wearable Brailler?
Until all this technology becomes available, and affordable, we have to rely on our human guides, or quietly be in isolation.
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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.