When it comes to assistive technology, many people think of custom devices. However, there are many pieces of technology that can be used to assist people with disabilities. In fact, there is one piece of tech that might even be in your home right now. The Google Home series of devices has several features that make it a great option for people with disabilities to assist in their day-to-day activities.
Smart Home Features
One of the most impactful features of the Google Home is its integration with so many other products that can help people navigate at home. By simply saying “Hey Google…” and requesting an action, you can open and shut doors, turn lights on and off, and even change the temperature of your room. There are dozens of devices that can be connected that will work. In fact, you can even set up the location of the devices so you can turn off the living room light while turning on the bedroom, for example. As physical limitations can create difficulties that are not always easily remedied, the Google Home has been a lifesaver for many.
Google Home has a capability to make calls if you connect it to your phone. This can be convenient if your phone is out of reach, and particularly in the event of an emergency. Although there is not currently capability to call 911, you can call US or Canadian numbers from these countries, so you may be able to call a non-emergency line or a friend or family member who can call 911 on your behalf.
In addition, you can call other Google Home users if you both have Duo set up. This service is set up so that you do not need to use cell service, as you make the calls over WiFi. This can be convenient if you are trying to cut costs, or make a call from a room that does not get great cell service.
All the time, people are coming up with creative ways to use Google Home to complete their daily tasks. The site and app IFTTT (If This, Then That) has tons of applets that can connect your Home to other devices or software, making custom commands easier. You can send texts, add songs to a Spotify playlist, or even find your phone using IFTTT and your Google Home.
Although these are some incredible features that can replace outdated assistive devices, there will undoubtedly be more options available in the future through both Google’s own ecosystem, as well as IFTTT. If you could use a device in your home that will improve your quality of life, take a look at Google Home and see which assistive features could be useful for you.