19
Oct
09

High Tech Improvements from disability

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/09_40/b4149058306662.htm?campaign_id=msn

This article is about how technologies designed for persons with disabilities have been added to mainstream products, improving the lives of all of us.  This part is interesting to me: Mattel (MAT) is incorporating technology, initially intended to help paraplegics, into a soon-to-be-released game controlled by players’ brainwaves.

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1 Response to “High Tech Improvements from disability”


  1. 1 Mark Jetmir
    19/10/2009 at 10:16 pm

    The Jena article for BusinessWeek “How Tech for the Disabled Is Going Mainstream” is a good read. While it doesn’t explicitly criticize IBM for missing the products-for-disability-train;
    Jena makes implicit the argument, and the article is insightful as to how business gets involved and innovates. A good example of a small business leaping into the Tech fray is Nuance, to quote the article;

    “”While the disabled aren’t a significant percentage of our users today, they are our biggest power users,” says Peter Mahoney, general manager of Nuance’s Dragon unit. “They help us push the envelope” when it comes to improving products for mass-market customers.”


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