Friday, March 21, 2014

Genie Switch Cube Mobile Accessibility

Genie Master Cube 
Mobile accessibility for the disabled

Can you imagine controlling your home with smart device technology? 

"Mobile accessibility" in general terms is the art of making products, and web driven applications more usable to people with disabilities. Considering the advent of smart devices in the 21st Century there is truly no reason why the embedded device revolution should not revolutionize the way we designers build our products. Just a few weeks ago I began to think about how living with limited mobility does preset daily challenges in performing the basic tasks you and I take for granted. For this reason I have designed and developed the Genie Master Cube to be Mobile accessible. What this means is those things which normally require a fairly high level of manual dexterity may be reduced to a simple push of a button or a voice actuated command. For instance consider an elderly person who has an advanced arthritis. This condition may make it practically impossible to rotate a switch mechanism. When using smart device accessibility technology, this task now becomes much more manageable via a simple press of a button or voice activated command.

 As smart device technology of the 21st century improves, we should be designing more embedded devices which make our lives more manageable. When I think of scalability and manageability of our homes using smart technology, I will not be satisfied personally until all appliances in my home are completely interactive and accessible via the World Wide Web. The Genie Master Controller is just the kind of evolutionary embedded device that can help make this dream a reality. 

So Whats next on the horizon? iOS?

Time scheduling features which will revolutionize the way you interact and manage your home. Planning that next great getaway? Well don't worry everyone will think someones at home.

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