Coupled with voice orders, smart assistants create a really strong accessibility tool. Google Nest is donating 100,000 Home Mini speakers to paralyzed people and caregivers to assist display this assistive technology.
Voice communication has become not only commercially omnipresent, but also quite precise in comprehension over the previous several years. It’s a natural home fit, with a comparable proliferation of linked intelligent devices parallel to growth.
Google partnered with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to donate 100,000 Home Minis to expose this technology to more individuals living with paralysis. This attempt coincides with the American Disability Act (ADA)’s 29th anniversary, which prohibits disability-based discrimination and helps create government spaces more affordable.
The initiative has a website where those eligible — the conditions below — are free to claim the generally $49 intelligent speaker from Google Assistant. With this offer restricted to the United States, you can only apply for one:
- You are living with a physical disability, mobility challenge, or paralysis you are eligible for a free Google Home Mini
- You are a caregiver and providing care to an individual living with a physical disability, mobility challenge, or paralysis you are eligible for a free Google Home Mini
A form then asks two questions: “How long have you or your loved one been living with paralysis” and “How would you define your mobility level.”
The site also links to videos about setting up assistant, home, Chromecast, and other devices made by Google. Other up-and-coming attempts include Euphonia Project to comprehend the various speech patterns of those with stroke-impaired speech, ALS, or Parkinson’s, and Android Q Live Captions.