Connected objects and the lives of the disabled
Disability comes in many forms, whether it is cognitive, psychological, mental, sensory or motor. Despite this diversity, however, the challenge of undertaking the essential activities of daily life is always a major concern for people having to cope with a disability. In an attempt to lessen the consequences of living with one or more disabilities, new technologies have been developed and continually improved over time, leading to the impressive array of support now available. It is notable that this growing industry has also opened up many opportunities for advances in the field of compensating for disability. Among these developments, it is clearly evident that health-related connected objects are part of the ongoing process involved in improving the comfort and independence of the disabled. And, far from taking the place of human help and contact these devices, interconnected via the Internet, can effectively extend relationships with both family and professional caregivers.
Sometimes people who are disabled after an accident, lose the ability to move, see things or hear: it is easy, thus, to imagine the problems people with one or more disabilities are exposed to every day. When used to supplement human assistance, connected objects can offer appropriate solutions for the care of the disabled and contribute to raising the quality of their lives. With the aim of reducing the dependence of disabled people on others, these practical and intuitive innovations contribute to their general well-being and welfare. Glasses that augment reality, intelligent pillboxes and wheelchairs are just some examples of new technologies that are already improving the lives of the disabled.
Whether it is facilitating daily lives (helping with speech and writing, improving mobility, reminding of tasks, etc.), making ongoing monitoring simpler, helping to fight against loneliness or ensuring the safety of vulnerable people (geolocation devices, systems that alert in the case of domestic accidents or potentially dangerous situations, etc.), the Internet of Things always delivers specific responses to individual cases. These new technologies dedicated to health care lead to an improvement in the personal environment of the disabled which brings a true feeling of well-being and security to them and their families. This, in turn, leads to some mitigation of the difficulties the disabled have to live with.
Finally, it has been noted that the use of these new technologies dedicated to health care, leads to an improved acceptance of a disability, whether it is physical, sensory, mental, cognitive or psychological. To sum up, connected objects offer a lot of hope for the future, as they allow the disabled to retain their dignity and acquire more autonomy. In doing so they enjoy a better adaptation to and interaction with their environment.
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