Samsung’s Flying Display Patent Has Potential for Disability Access

February 2018 – Samsung has submitted a patent application for a “flying display device.” The novel design is a screen attached to a drone; sensors can detect where the user’s eyes are looking, avoid objects, and can adjust positioning to keep the screen pointed at the user’s eyes. If this technology is ever realized, it could have utility for some people with disabilities. Those with limited mobility could integrate the device into their home automation systems, as the display could take on the functionality of a phone or virtual assistant. This technology could further allow for ease of video calls for American Sign Language (ASL) users, relieving the need to prop a smartphone or tablet so that the user’s hands are free for signing. It remains unclear if Samsung will shift this technology into production, but the release of the patent sparks speculation about possible disability access applications. [Source:Michael Irving, New Atlas]


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