We work with a range of exciting technologies. EyeGaze technology allows people to control the movement of a mouse on a computer screen with just their eyes. A ‘Head mouse’ does the same thing but instead uses a silver reflective dot on the centre of your head – which is picked up by a webcam to control a cursor. We’ve now got technology you can control with your knee, foot even the inside of your mouth and it’s my job to help people use it.
Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.