Machine Learning for Disables
Kiran Gupta | November 30, 2021
As we know, the individual with disabilities in India was stated as 21 million in the 2001 census of India. This is equivalent to 2.1% of the population.
How machine learning help building equipments for disables ?
Machine Learning for Disables can help those disabled people to improve their lives. With the marvel of machine learning doctors are now able to create smarter bionic prosthetics for any human in need of artificial limbs. Robotics engineering and VR research enable doctors to make sure better fitment of artificial limbs on humans. This could aid those with physical challenges to maneuver more naturally and experience higher mobility. Peoples face difficulties in performing daily activities like eating, grooming, mobility, etc. due to different disabilities. Technological aids like learning instruments, sign language apps, autism-friendly apps, electronic media etc could aid such persons. Using next-gen technologies, hybrid functionalities to support persons with disabilities through one device could be developed within the approaching decade.
Kaden Bowen is a smiley 12-year-old who loves music and riding in fast cars. He also can’t walk or talk, is legally blind, and can only use the pinky finger on his left hand.
Kaden has cerebral palsy, and his father, James Bowen, has been trying out new technology to see if he can create tools that let his son have more independence. One such experiment led James to set up an Amazon Echo Show, a smart assistant device that uses AI to power its voice-control capabilities. Kaden already has a speaking device that has buttons he can press with his working finger to verbalize preselected words or sentences that communicate with the Echo.
James set it up so his son could ask for things like “Echo, tell me a joke” or “Echo, tell me the news.” He also programmed it so Kaden could call his cell phone, Kaden’s grandparents, and a few other people.
But Kaden did much more than that. While James and his wife were out one evening, Kaden, who was home with a babysitter, took it upon himself to use his speaking device to activate the Echo, tell it to call his grandfather, and then asked to go out on a car ride—which his grandfather was happy to do. Sharing that story in a Facebook post, James said that he was proud of Kaden’s initiative and grateful for the technology that made it possible.
“It was the first time since he was a toddler playing with a rattler that he was able to interact with something all by himself,” James says. “This Echo device goes way beyond ordering groceries or looking up a recipe for us.”
How AI changing the life of disables ?
Disabilities, whether related to vision, hearing, mental health, learning, cognition, or mobility, can be permanent, temporary, or even situational. Designing new products with different levels of abilities in mind—a concept called inclusive design—has gone a long way in ensuring that technology works for everyone.
Making design widely accessible also ends up being good for those without a disability. One of the first typewriters sprung from a creator’s desire for his blind friend—some say lover—to be able to write more legibly. Alexander Graham Bell’s mother was deaf and his invention of the telephone came out of his work with the deaf community.
More recently, audiobooks were created as a way for the blind to enjoy literature. Video captioning was invented to make content compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) but now is regularly relied on by anyone watching videos when they can’t listen to the audio.
Creating new tools could help integrate a segment of our population that has often been left out of routine daily life activities and job opportunities. The unemployment rate is twice as high for Americans with disabilities, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Worldwide, only one in 10 people who could use assistive products have access to them.
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