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Google Glass has the potential to revolutionize how we interact with technology. One of the most intriguing prospects for its use is with those individuals with disabilities. For the past 15 years my life has revolved around meeting the technology needs of these people. Whether it be through designing and constructing a cellphone mount for a spinal cord injury patient who uses a mouthstick to access it, or to setting up an eyetracking system for a person with ALS, my role is to utilize custom and off-the-shelf solutions to help these people become more independent.
The above promotional video from the official Google Glass Youtube channel shows how this device impacted the life of a young lady with quadriplegia who is attending law school. (Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with this person and the Google Glass team). The video gives a brief glimpse of how Google Glass can help a person with a disability achieve greater independence.
For the past year I have made requests to become a part of the Google Glass Explorer program. A few days ago I was notified that my recent inquiry to join this innovative program has been approved. At this time, I do not have the means to afford a unit, but I do not want this rare opportunity to pass. Thus I will take a leap of faith and order a unit with the hopes of raising the necessary funds to cover the costs.
In its current iteration, Google Glass may not be the most accessible device due to its limited hands-free capability and user interface. Thus, I will explore what modifications may be needed to be done and begin to develop new applications for it that are specifically catered to the individuals with disabilities that I work with on a daily basis. Any excess funds beyond the purchase price will be solely used for this project.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and for your kind consideration! I appreciate all your support in this endeavor. Together we can make a difference.
Andy Lin, MS
Here is my friend Erik putting on Glass for the first time. Pictured next to him is Kathleen Shanfield, an occupational therapist who is actively involved in this project as well. Erik is paralyzed from the neck down, so wearable technology could potentially benefit him and other individuals with disabilities. Since he cannot use his hands to manipulate the touchpad, all the functions on Google Glass are not accessible to him. My work will explore ways to modify it to give him complete access to all the features on the device.
Here is my friend Robert who is testing out Google Glass for the first time. He was blown away about how unobtrusive it is.