How Artificial Intelligence Can Help with Disabilities

How Artificial Intelligence Can Help with Disabilities

Adaptive technology is still a newer term, medically speaking, however assistive technology and devices have been around long before AI technology began to incorporate itself. Canes and wheelchairs, for example, have a long history and are still extremely relevant today. Current technological trends have increasingly become a new favorite among those needing specialized devices due to disabilities. While some artificially intelligent technology is still fairly new the potential is all there.

Today we want to discuss the different strides being made in order to help AI aid those with disabilities.

Robot Caregivers

Theoretically speaking, robots could work around the clock to care for an individual without getting “tired” or needing a break. This is why breakthroughs for AI technology are gaining traction. In the last few years, Honda created a robot called ASIMO that can walk, recognize faces, and even have small conversations. Another robot introduced even earlier is NAO. It was similarly built to ASIMO however it is much smaller in size. The creators of NAO even mentioned that as time passes and the more use you get out of NAO, the smarter the robot actually gets.

But how can these robots actually help those who are disabled? The idea is to eventually program these robots to fit the exact needs of the individual. Whether it be getting or making coffee, helping with chores around the house, making sure medicine is being taken, etc. Besides the initial purchase fee, you wouldn’t have to worry about paying them either. Robots aren’t likely to forget like humans either, so having an AI robot to ensure that you go to the doctor, eat, and follow your daily routine could be especially important.

AI for the Visually Impaired

Serious strides are being made in technology for the blind. From text-to-speech translations that describe emojis and pictures seen on social media to smart glasses and vision-free communication that could quite possibly serve as digital eyes for the blind, technology is booming and it’s all thanks to artificial intelligence.

It’s also worth it to mention that the visually impaired will be able to benefit substantially from self driving cars. Not only can self driving cars help navigate the streets but along with other Artificial Intelligence technology, can determine your location and where you want or need to go and get you there safely. There is also even new technology being developed that would result in a “smart cane”. The idea is that the cane will include a camera, GPS, and facial recognition software.

Exoskeletons for the Paralyzed

Artificially intelligent machines are drastically improving for those who are paralyzed as well. Robotic exoskeletons are making it easier for those who are paralyzed from the waist down to walk and release pressure that results from sitting. This type of technology is still in its beginning stages so hopefully in the near future we’ll be able to see some real results from it.

Whether it’s to care for the disabled or help them get around in their daily lives Artificial Intelligence is steadily growing in the field; it could one day very soon make a huge difference in the lives of those with disabilities and change the way they get around, are cared for and experience things in their lives – another angle where AI can contribute to the social good.


 

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  1. Manoj Pant

    Useful As one has just started working with an NGO on “Skilling PwD for employable skills/ better living ” , I am interested in your blogs/updates on any area which relates to above. Thanks

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