Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch

Techcrunch feature an good article on the smart home and accessibility.

For over thirty years I’ve been kludging ways to control what I can around me.  There’s a whole field of rehabilitation technology centred around what’s termed “environmental control”.

All this time I’ve dreamed of the day when this stuff – what you could call ‘lazy-man’ tech. becomes a commodity and with it more choice and lower cost.

It’s come a long way since my Uncle first hacked a set of relays from a telephone exchange controlled by a off the shelf add-on remote control from a Beta video recorder back in the 80’s. So bring it on.

One caveat of the whole plugin smart home device market is its seemingly ubiquitous use of touch mobile devices for control. Anytime any technology develops so as to be fixed on one method of control (touch screens) there’s a risk of it actually being less accessible in practicality.

The maxim still applies…

“Accessibility is about accommodating characteristics a person cannot change by providing options” — Joe Clarke, 2001

 

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