The 2014 Tacoma IT Convention emphasized the role of technology as an enabler for persons with disabilities (PWD). The objective of this convention is to bring to the world’s awareness the ways how PWD can contribute to the workforce by maximizing technology. Listed below are some of the assistive technologies released during the event.

Dot.  Dot is the first-ever Braille smartwatch. It helps the blind to access their emails, browse tweets, and post on social media platforms. It also helps them read books anytime, anywhere. This smartwatch is a more practical and affordable solution than other regular e-Braille devices.

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Kapten PLUS Navigation Device.  The Kapten PLUS Navigation Device is an affordable and straightforward GPS device. It is a tool fit for the visually impaired. It guides them where they want to go without relying on the use of an eye-dog and a cane. This GPS tells the real-time happenings on their surroundings—the direction, locations, status of other passers-by, stop light signal, and many more. 

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UNI.  UNI is a two-communication device which is useful for the deaf. It works through the use of gesture and speech technology. UNI uses its specialized camera algorithm to detect both the hand and finger gestures. They then convert these movements to text, which the tool’s screen displays so that it is easier for other individuals to understand what they are saying. What’s remarkable about UNI is that it also enables users to create their unique sign language gestures through the use of its sign builder.

AXS Map.  AXS Map is a digital map which informs users of the location of wheelchair-accessible ramps and restrooms in public places. It also states how whether these facilities’ design is PWD-friendly through the use of its star rating feature. Remember, modern technology is not only for entertainment. Instead, it should also be utilized to help improve the daily lives of people. Thanks to these devices, the PWD now feel more involved with the world.