Consumer Electronics Devices Impact Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology
Wed, 09/04/2013 - 12:02pm | John Grencer
Imagine devices that allow you to control your computer without touching a keyboard, mouse or screen, or let you effortlessly traverse a virtual world using a 3D headset and multi-directional treadmill. High-tech devices like these already exist and may be at your local electronics store soon. While consumer electronics are a multi-billion dollar business, the technology that fuels them is also a boon to the field of rehabilitation and assistive technology.
At Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, we keep a watchful eye on new and upcoming consumer electronics and incorporate the newest technology into the rehabilitation process. We often work with companies to test devices that can be used by people with disabilities to help them navigate their environment or by people in therapy recovering from illnesses and injuries.
Some of the most fascinating devices that are coming on the market include:
Many devices already in use in therapy at Good Shepherd were impossible to imagine just a few short years ago, such as the Ekso bionic exoskeleton or AlterG bionic leg. Consumer electronics such as the iPad have become important tools in rehabilitation, replacing bulky, more expensive equipment. Today’s innovative consumer electronics may mean fun and games for their users, but they can also be life altering technology for people with disabilities and those with debilitating conditions.