Smart Home Assistive Technology
The advent of smart home technology creates an opportunity for persons with disabilities to benefit from development in mainstream technology. With mobile devices, persons with disabilities can operate appliances and switches, and receive notifications on situations around the home.
Alarm signallers with light, sound and vibrations
Such alarms inform users of possible dangers using a combination of sounds, flashing/ strobe lights and vibrations. Light and vibration alarms ensure that persons with hearing impairment will be alerted during emergency events.
Home automation system
The systems set up processes to simplify tasks around the home e.g. smart blinds that a wheelchair user can lower or raise from a smartphone. In addition, smart home devices can provide feedback and notifications easily through the mobile app, e.g. for a person with visual impairment to know whether the lights are switched off before leaving home. For the family of a person with disabilities, the automation system also enables them to remotely check on the well-being of their loved ones at home.