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NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ENDORSEMENT OR RECOMMENDATION, AND IS PRESENTED SIMPLY AS A CONVENIENCE TO THE READER. BECAUSE OF THE CHANGING AVAILABILITY OF PRODUCTS AND SERVICES, THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS LISTING IS NOT GUARANTEED.

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57. AT HISTORY

WHAT'S IN A NAME ?

SOMETIMES CALLED ACCESS TECHNOLOGY, ADAPTIVE HARDWARE, ASSISTIVE TECH, ASSISTED WARE OR DISABILITY DEVICES, HERE IS AN INTERESTING TIMELINE FOR ANCIENT THROUGH MODERN INNOVATIONS.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE WAS PUBLISHED IN USA TODAY AND IS RECREATED HERE TO MAKE IT MORE SCREEN READER FRIENDLY.

ALSO FOR CLARITY, THE MEDICAL APPLIANCES LISTED IN THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HAVE BEEN OMITTED TO FOCUS ON SENSORY ISSUES.

PLUS, SOME MISSING BUT SIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THIS IMPORTANT CALENDAR.

1. 50 - TEXT-THRU-WATER MAGNIFICATION - ROMAN NOBLEMAN

2. 1280 - CONVEX LENSES - MUSLIM OPTICS BOOK

3. 1634 - EAR TRUMPET - FRENCH MATHEMATICIAN

4. 1784 - BIFOCAL LENSES - BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

5. 1820 - READING DOTS - LOUIS BRAILLE

6. 1856 - ENHANCE CANDLELIGHT VIA MIRRORS - THOMAS EDISON

7. 1879 - HEARING CONDUCTION - RICHARD RHODES

8. 1892 - BRAILLE WRITER - FRANK HALL

9. 1902 - BATTERY HEARING AID - MILLER HUTCHINSON

10. 1931 - GUIDE DOGS - THE CLIFF, ENGLAND

11. 1948 - CONTACT LENSES - CALIFORNIA OPTICIAN

12. 1951 - PERKINS BRAILER - DAVID ABRAHAM

13. 1957 - TRANSISTOR HEARING AID - ZENITH INC.

14. 1969 - TTY FOR DEAF - PAUL TAYLOR

15. 1969 - CASSETTE TALKING BOOKS - NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE

16. 1973 - TEXT-TO-SPEECH - TOBY CHURCHILL

17. 1978 - IMPLANTED HEARING AID - NOT CREDITED

18. 1986 - PC SCREEN READER - IBM INC.

19. 1988 - PC SCREEN MAGNIFIER - A.I. SQUARED

20. 1988 - MAC SCREEN MAGNIFIER - BERKELY SYSTEMS

21. 1989 - MAC SCREEN READER - BERKELY SYSTEMS

22. 1997 - SPEECH-TO-TEXT - NUANCE INC.

23. 2005 - PERSONAL ASSISTANT ROBOT - MITSUBISHI INC.

24. 2005 - MAC SCREEN READER - APPLE INC.

25. 2008 - DIGITAL TALKING BOOKS - NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE

26. 2009 - I-PHONE SCREEN READER - APPLE INC.

27. 2011 - I-PAD SCREEN READER - APPLE INC.

28. 2014 - I-BILL CURRENCY READER - U.S. TREASURY

29. 2015 - I-WATCH SCREEN READER - APPLE INC.

30. 2015 - HEY SIRI VOICE CONTROL - APPLE INC.

31. FUTURE - SELF DRIVING CARS, MORE GPS AND I-BEACONS, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY AFFORDABLE ARTIFICIALLY INTELLIGENT HELP

FINALLY, THIS RELATED REFERRAL MAY BE OF INTEREST.

LINK: AT TOOLS
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