For People With Disabilities, Smartwatches Can Be More Than Just a Toy

By Chris Mills on at

It’s fun to mock the Apple Watch for being an expensive, needless gadget for nerds with oversized phones and too much money. But if you stop and think, there’s a second group of people for whom a smartwatch can make all the difference.

Molly Watt lives with Usher Syndrome, a condition that has left her severely deaf, and with a small tunnel of vision in her right eye. She pre-ordered a 42mm Apple Watch Sport, and documents her day-to-day experience with it over on her (excellent) blog.

On her wrist, features that are conveniences — like taps to cue you which way to turn — become far more useful. It makes her communication easier, and the accessibility features built-in seem to make her life less of a pain. It’s a touching reminder of how technology changes that make life a little easier for the rest of us can make a major difference for people dealing with disabilities. [Molly Watt]