While smart homes have become all the rage thanks to their convenience, they also serve a purpose for individuals with disabilities. In fact, smart homes are making it easier for everyone to live on their own, in their own home.
Not everyone can open locked doors, reach light switches, or even close the blinds, so smart homes that utilize voice control and remote control now allow wheelchair users and people with disabilities to participate more in the management of their homes.
Voice recognition software has allowed many people with disabilities the opportunity to text and email as well as controlling functions within the home. When dexterity is limited, pressing small buttons isn’t always an option, so voice control leads to even more opportunities for communication and engagement.
Security can also be a concern for people with disabilities living on their own – imagine not being able to look at someone’s face through a peephole when the doorbell rings. With smart home technology, homeowners can monitor security from anywhere, using cameras and door controls to know who is knocking.
Imagine an act as simple as opening the blinds on a warm, sunny day. When you are wheelchair-bound or limited in movements, even pulling a string may not be an option. Instead, motorized shades and blinds connected to a smart home system allow for window coverings to rise and fall with the touch of a button or a simple voice command.
Finally, picture a scenario where its night, your head is hitting the pillow, and you realize the bathroom light is still on. If you use a wheelchair, getting up to turn it off requires a lot more effort and time than it will take for someone with full mobility. But with smart home controls, you can turn the light off from anywhere without even needing to get up.
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