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38 High-Tech Disability Aids

From Braille Smartphones to Vision-Supplementing Glasses

— February 4, 2016 — Tech
Wheelchairs, canes and hearing aids are known as some of the most fundamental disability aids out there, but the advances in technology are continually making it possible for more specialized equipment to be created.

In an attempt to address public accessibility in all spaces, Transport for London is now using a beacon system to guide passengers with vision impairments. On a larger scale, a landscaping manufacturer in the UK came up with a concept to transform city infrastructure with IoT for the purposes of helping people with disabilities get around.

Until many of these ideas are fully realized around the world, many people are turning to personal devices and mobile apps as supplementary tools for navigation, mobility, vision and more. One of the most forward-thinking apps is one called 'ThirdEye,' which provides image recognition for shoppers with visual impairments in retail environments.
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Blind-Assisting Smartphone Apps
Blind-Assisting Smartphone Apps
This App Helps the Blind See by Identifying the Items Around Them
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37
Sight-Impaired Rideshare Apps
Sight-Impaired Rideshare Apps
This Ride-Hailing App is Designed to Help the Visually Impaired
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36
Cloud-Based Vision Platforms
Cloud-Based Vision Platforms
The Aira Platform Combines Smart Glasses, Smartphones & Smart Humans
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35
Grocery-Recognizing Apps
Grocery-Recognizing Apps
The ThirdEye App Helps the Visually Impaired In Retail Environments
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34
Image-Identifying Apps
Image-Identifying Apps
This App Identifies and Describes Photos to the Visually Impaired
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33
Augmentative Reading Apps
Augmentative Reading Apps
The 'Spotlight Text' eBook Reader App Makes It Easier For Users to Read
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32
Blind Photo Apps
Blind Photo Apps
This Special Mobile App Helps the Visually Impaired Capture Photos
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31
Supplementary Vision Apps
Supplementary Vision Apps
The ICY App Aids Visually Impaired with Vocal Cues on Surroundings
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30
Fitness-Tracking Wheelchairs
Fitness-Tracking Wheelchairs
The Freewheel Wheelchair Keeps Tabs on Your Physical Activity
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29
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
The TopChair-S Wheelchair Detects and Climbs Stairs With Ease
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28
Global Accessibility Maps
Global Accessibility Maps
Axs Maps Uses Crowdsourced Reviews to Help Disabled People Worldwide
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27
Eye-Controlled Wheelchairs
Eye-Controlled Wheelchairs
This Wheelchair Gives Disabled People a Greater Degree of Independence
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26
Blind Collision Warning Devices
Blind Collision Warning Devices
This Tiny Device Warns the Blind About Obstacles In Their Path
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25
Audible Traffic Light Apps
Audible Traffic Light Apps
This App Makes Walk Signals Accessible for the Visually Impaired
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24
Handheld Navigation Devices
Handheld Navigation Devices
The Yubi Navi Baton Vibrates To Direct You To Your Destination
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23
Wayfinding Phone Apps
Wayfinding Phone Apps
This Linear Navigation App Follows Lines on the Floor to Guide the Blind
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22
Vision-Supplementing Glasses
Vision-Supplementing Glasses
VA-ST's 'Smart Specs' AR Eyewear Helps the Blind with Navigation
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21
Interactive Braille Tablets
Interactive Braille Tablets
The Tactalis Tablet is the Innovative Tablet That Touches Back
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20
Responsive City Fixtures
Responsive City Fixtures
Marshalls Envisions Smart Street Furniture with IoT to Aid the Disabled
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19
Public Accessibility Beacons
Public Accessibility Beacons
TFL's Bluetooth Beacons Help the Blind Navigate London's Underground
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18
Disability-Friendly Smartphones
Disability-Friendly Smartphones
The Sesame Touch-Free Smartphone is For People With Disabilities
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17
Blind-Assisting Navigation Belts
Blind-Assisting Navigation Belts
This Smart Belt Uses Vibrations to Guide the Visually Impaired
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16
Vision-Enhancing Electronic Eyewear
Vision-Enhancing Electronic Eyewear
eSight High-Tech Glasses Restore Vision with Real Time Video
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15
Text-Converting Braille Tablets
Text-Converting Braille Tablets
Tactile Tablet Blitlab Lets Blind People Read, Write and Chat
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14
Sight Identifying Apps
Sight Identifying Apps
Image Recognition App for the Blind Determines Objects with a Phone Camera
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13
Wheelchair Navigation Apps
Wheelchair Navigation Apps
'Wheelmap' is a New Accessibility App Designed for Wheelchair Users
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12
Smart Braille Time-Tellers
Smart Braille Time-Tellers
These Braille Smartwatches Offer Innovative Technology for Blind Users
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11
Perception-Heightening Sonar Wearables
Perception-Heightening Sonar Wearables
Sunu Uses Ultrasonic Tech to Help the Visually Impaired
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10
Blind-Directing Multi-Sensory Maps
Blind-Directing Multi-Sensory Maps
These Interactive Maps for the Blind are Installed at Schools
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9
Vision-Enhancing Eyewear
Vision-Enhancing Eyewear
The 'SmartSpecs' Device Helps Legally Blind Users to See Again
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8
Tactile Braille Locks
Tactile Braille Locks
This Braille Lock Helps the Visually Impaired Secure Their Items
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7
Blind-Assisting Beacon Systems
Blind-Assisting Beacon Systems
This Subway Navigation System Helps to Guide Blind Passengers
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6
Audio-Visual Walking Aids
Audio-Visual Walking Aids
Hi-Tech Cane Attachment Helps the Blind Navigate Through Indian Streets
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5
Sight-Sharing Apps
Sight-Sharing Apps
Be My Eyes is a Crowdsourced Video Chat that Helps Blind Individuals
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4
Braille Smartphones
Braille Smartphones
This Braille Phone is Designed By An Indian Start-Up
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3
Blind Buying Assistants
Blind Buying Assistants
This Braille Barcode Scanner Helps the Visually Impaired Choose Products
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2
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
The Scalevo's Retractable Tracks Allow it to Climb Stairs
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1
Wheeled Walking Sticks
Wheeled Walking Sticks
'Take Me Away' is a Smart Cane for Guiding the Visually Impaired
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