A voice interface with a solid recognition system is many times more healthy and efficient than sitting or standing with arms extended over such primitive tools as they keyboard and mouse.
April 7 2016
How is technology affecting the lives of people with disabilities? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.
Answer by Jonathan Brill, startup specialist, on Quora:
... Computing is still only accessible with fine motor skills – but not for long
The only thing worse than using a keyboard and mouse (invented almost forty years ago) to communicate with everybody I know in the world and consume every conceivable flavor of media is trying to use my phone’s keyboard to do the same things. This is especially tricky for some people with Down’s Syndrome because fine motor skills typically lag behind neurotypical children of the same age, in some cases way behind. While this can be an inhibitor in many ways, it’s particularly damning in the information age if manipulating a keyboard and mouse is the key to unlocking valuable training materials like learning apps and games.
Fortunately, Avery won’t need to learn on the same, muddled together interfaces I’ve learned to cope with. She’ll have voice-based and virtual reality interfaces.
It may be the case that she wants to learn how to type on a qwerty keyboard, but it’s likely she won’t have to. A voice interface with a solid recognition system is many times more healthy and efficient than sitting or standing with arms extended over such primitive tools as they keyboard and mouse. Siri, Google Voice, Cortana, and Amazon’s Echo are great examples of this working most of the time in the real world now; but we’re still at the beginning. Avery’s going to have faster and easier access to tools, information and messaging channels to everybody she cares about without ever pushing a button.