Deafblind Need Access to Life Enhancing Technology

by Molly Watt Trust
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Deafblind Need Access to Life Enhancing Technology
Deafblind Need Access to Life Enhancing Technology
Deafblind Need Access to Life Enhancing Technology
Apr 6, 2016

Findings & thoughts on receiving Applewatch

More testimonial of Applewatches enhancing and enabling for those living with Usher Syndrome:

Initial thoughts. The watch is very useful for navigating with a guide dog without looking. I compute in the route on my phone. Put it safely in my bag and switch to taptics on the watch. Brilliant!

The cooker timer has enabled me to use a cooker time properly for the first time in my life. Also I have an app for boiling eggs. It simply vibrates when the food is ready. The timer can also be set for washing machine or microwave as well.

I also use the alarm clock to wake me up as it is better than having a mobile phone under the pillow as it will never fall out and is safer in terms of electromagnetic radiation.

Since i lost my vision exercise has been more difficult but I have been using the apple watch to get fitter by monitoring my heart rate on walks with Sadie and making sure we both get enough exercise in terms of measuring distances walked. I have also started doing park run with Sadie and the apple watch monitors my heart rate.

I love Apple pay - it is so much easier with guide dog not to have to get purse or phone out of backpack. Also I don't have to worry about not being able to see the keypad in poor lighting.

In the dark is good to set up phone camera and relay the picture to my watch which help with communication in low light! It is a shame that this cannot be done for video setting as the motion resolution and size of the image are better. I can imagine if watch had a small camera and could capture the scene and shrink it down to watch size it could really help people with tunnel vision to navigate and avoid obstacles, as well as helping with communication in dim places.

I would love it if I could connect the watch to my baby alarm, land line and door bell. At the moment I have a vibrating pager but it would make much more sense to have it all connected to the watch. It could also be connected to kitchen scales and water sensors for filling baths or making cups of tea- this would help deaf blind people no end. It would also be brilliant if Shops could make your watch vibrate when you arrived near their door.

I feel much safer not having phone on display too. Police have not stopped me again since I got watch to warn me about mobile theft.

I need to sort out bluetooth hearing aids to see if I can benefit.

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Molly Watt Trust

Location: Maidenhead - United Kingdom
Twitter: @mollywatttrust
Molly Watt
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