Technology aims to make our life easier. And thankfully,
forward-thinking developers are working to make home life simpler and more
enjoyable for people who are blind or partially sighted. The future in smart household
objects is already here!
Building a Better Mug
Coffee on a Monday morning can be a lifesaver! To avoid the
problem of overfilling your cup of joe, designers Sang-hoon Lee and Yong-bum
Lim developed the Braun Bell Mug. The mug's built-in surface detector chimes
when the liquid reaches the set levels, notifying you it's time to stop
The Future of Grocery
Grocery stores can present specific challenges for people with
sight loss. Physically, a can of corn can feel the same as a can of beans. While barcode scanners have made this process
easier, Visually Cortex on Silicon is taking a futuristic solution to the
problem. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, they have designing a
machine vision system housed in a glove. Called "Third Eye", the
glove mimics the way the human eye processes information, sending vibrations to
the wearer and guiding them towards the grocery item they want.
Smart homes are the latest wave in residential technology,
showing incredible promise for people who are blind. Apple’s HomeKit allows
users to control any number of objects in their home – from lights to the
garage - through voice commands. The only catch is the price tag: currently, smartphones
only work with smart products, which means buying a new set of home goods. We
hope in the future these products will become ubiquitous enough to
substantially lower the price point, meaning a more connected and accessible
future may be just around the corner.
Bryn Huntpalmer is editor
for Modernize. In
addition to regularly contributing to home remodeling and design websites
around the web, her writing can be found on Lifehacker and About.com.