Access4Kids has already realized that the rise of touchscreen devices could leave those with less dexterity behind. With a similar outlook, the pererro device from UK-based assistive technology RSL Steeper is a switch and voice-activated control that gives those with motor problems access to iOS products.
According to the company, there are around 2.5 million people in the western world with physical conditions that do not allow them to use touchscreen technology easily. To interact with electronic devices, many of those people already use assistive switches tailored to their disability. The pererro is a plug-and-play adapter that allows any such switch with a 3.5mm jack to be connected for use with an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. The adapter is inserted into the power connector, but the device can still be charged while it is in place. Voice command technology also enables the use of apps that take advantage of Apple VoiceOver.
The pererro opens up touchscreen devices to those with low dexterity with an easy-to-use adapter that works without hassle and with a wide range of existing products. RSL Steeper also offers an installation and training service for users and their carers, if needed. Are there other ways to ensure technology access is universal?
Spotted by: Raymond Neo