There is no denying that our lives are impacted by the technology around us. Even if you are not interested in the latest gadgets, the fact that technology is advancing continually at an ever-increasing pace means none of us can escape its influence forever.
Technology is doing things now that we could never have imagined a few years ago. Take for example the Google Glass.
Who would have thought you could wear a computer like a pair of glasses and communicate with it using voice commands? Now with Google Glass you can make calls, take photos, listen to music and surf the net, all hands free – which enables people to multitask and delivers huge benefits to those with impairments.
And what about GPS or Bluetooth enabled insoles? These clever products feature embedded tracking chips that send signals to a monitoring website enabling people to keep track of their vulnerable loved ones such as those suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia or children with autism.
These examples of Assistive technology show how the development of gadgetry is being used to help people in their everyday lives and deliver a better experience for those with disabilities or vulnerabilities.
It shows the wider role that technology has to play in shaping the future of the care industry, for instance.
Whether this is a long term solution for individuals who need additional care or a shorter term answer for people who want to gain their independence but need some back up whilst they start out.
Caring Cloud is one example of an assistive technology project that will deliver better care for those in need by enabling them to stay in their own homes for longer and lead more independent lives. This initiative enables individuals to continue living in the way that they wish and provides their families and carers with the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe. Through use of the cloud infrastructure and mobile devices, individuals can maintain contact and support their relatives even from great distances.
Using technology to assist an ageing population not only brings peace of mind to families but it eases the burden on the care profession.
These are just a few examples of the unusual ways in which technology is shaping our lives. Who knows where it will take us in the future, but it promises to be a brighter one.