Google Glass gives independence to people with disabilities

It is easy to take every day tasks for granted, walking, talking, seeing – just using your hands.

It’s been 18 years since Tammie Lou Van Sant held a camera after a car accident left her paralysed from the chest down, Van Sant is shooting again – thanks to Google Glass.

Google’s Glass headset, which connects to users’ smartphones and displays information on a screen that hovers above one eye, is the first of what analysts say may be a new trend of wearable technology – headsets, watches, fitness trackers and other devices that are worn, rather than slipped into a pocket.

For Van Sant, 52, being an early Google Glass user means a return to a much-missed photography hobby as well as the ability to answer her own phone calls, respond to text messages and take small trips on her own using the headset’s access to Google Maps. Click here to read how Google has given her a renewed freedom.

“I just go out into the world now … I can take pictures or do anything I want”: Tammie Lou Van Sant

 

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Posted on August 13, 2013 in admirable, social media, technology

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