Enabling Technology for People who are blind or visually-impaired
I am a huge fan of any enabling technology company. If you’re not familiar with the expression, these companies seek to make the world more accessible for people who are blind or visually-impaired. Assistive technology is another term which is commonly applied to their products. I especially like the following four companies with which I’m personally involved. Some of their solutions would have been impossible even a few short years ago.
AME Communicate, LTD is an adaptive technology and communications company, which creates bespoke technology that assists in providing and promoting independence to those with a disability. We are able to adapt any type of hardware so that it then becomes suitable for a user with an impairment.
COSY is developing a smartphone app for people who are blind or visually-impaired which applies robotic technology to provide step-by-step indoor navigation and augmented reality, making indoor spaces as accessible as GPS has made the outdoors.
ThirdEye is developing smartglass solutions for people who are blind or visually-impaired, which will provide contextual information about the environment around them.
Project-Ray has created a smartphone with a very simple user-interface, 24/7 tech support, and an audiobook library. It is designed for people with compromised vision who are not tech-savvy.