Event Recap: Wearable Tech for People with Disabilities

On 29th April 2021, #wearitlive explored the many uses of wearable technology for people with a disability. 

Over 100 people tuned in to hear from our panel of experts who work directly with innovations that support people living with a disability.

  • Heinrich Popow from Ottobock discussed his experience as a very successful and accomplished Paralympian and how important it is for people with disabilities who use wearable technology to be seen as users, not just patients. A device such as a prosthetic becomes another part of your body, so it’s important that users are happy with it.
  • Dr John A. Naslund from Harvard Medical School emphasised the intrinsic role of mental health and discussed the future of #wearables in the #digital mental health space. It relies heavily on what insurers are willing to pay for, and when to draw the line between the capabilities of traditional psychologists and cutting-edge technology.
  • Jonathan Naft from Myomo spoke of the human element behind #technology, and how digital devices can be designed around people’s needs and personality. The importance between finding the right balance between humans and technology is key.

The audience also heard from two startups working on cutting edge projects in the disability space.

  • Susan Wache from feelSpace GmbH showcased her naviBelts, which provide tactile orientation for visually impaired people.
  • Heather Morrison from Handi introduced her SexTech innovation for people with a disability, designed for people with reduced hand dexterity.

We would like to thank all our speakers and audience members to making this event a success, and for those who could not get to see the live event, you could click on the link below and watch it already on our YouTube channel.

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