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The Technology That’s Bringing More Entertainment to Disabled People

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Technology is the practical application of scientific knowledge responsible for every man-made object ever created. Possibly the most exciting technologies are those created to help while away the hours and push the limits of entertainment. The television, the internet, sport, movies, music, and video games. Although these perform other functions (the internet is to communicate and share information, music is responsible for complex social bonding since the dawn of mankind), their function has been appropriated to entertain and satisfy the user.

Progress in entertainment technology has helped lots of people, but it can be truly liberating for people living with disability. Below are a few technologies that help people living with disability enjoy greater entertainment and access to activities often taken for granted.

The Eye Play the Piano, created by the Japanese VR headset manufacturer Fove, is an extraordinarily innovative source of entertainment and expression. In collaboration with the University of Tsukuba, they have developed a system that tracks eye movement in virtual reality to turn blinks into real-life piano playing.  Targeted at children with disabilities, Fove describe the product as the ‘universal piano.’ The company are hoping to donate the system to a number of schools for the

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physically disabled.

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The Braille EDGE 40 reads content on a computer screen and converts it to braille characters. This particular model also helps you manage your daily activities with its built-in applications such as Notepad, Scheduler, Alarm, Clock and Calculator, which can

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be used without connection to a PC or smartphone.

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The EyeMax is designed for people with limited mobility, made by DynaVox, it uses eye-tracking technology for computing, watching television, reading books and speaking. The device’s camera tracks its user’s eye movements, allowing him or her to use the system simply by blinking or gazing.

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