Accessories for the specially abled that are both functional and aesthetically desirable is not a dream anymore. When there are ways for you to travel the world, all you need to do is ask the right questions before you travel and it is possible to have a fabulous memory at the end of it, then why can’t there be ways to make accessories look good on everyone.
The good news is that there has been a rise in new designs for those with disabilities. Imagine wearing something that looks like a piece of art in itself. We can now see adaptive and universally designed, assistive technology, to empower these people in their day to day life. For people with different kinds of disabilities who can now see their daily life improve thanks to a growing market of products designed to make things easier, but also look chic and stylish at the same time.
Walk in style
The designers Alleles, a small Canadian company designed the dazzling and colourful array of prosthetic covers for the fashion photographer, Jerris Madison who battled with bone cancer many years ago. There is also a walking stick, made in the colour of your choice, which can be propped up easily against a wall without falling over.
Now you see me
OrCam MyEye is an artificial vision device that assists those who are blind or visually impaired. There’s a smart camera attached which discreetly reads text and recognises faces, money and products in real time. Similar in concept is eSight, which is a device that lets people who are visually impaired see. Both options, however, are for people with deep pockets.
Hear and now
A chic hearing aid designed that looks like a giant earring was showcased at the Cooper Hewitt design museum in New York last year. Keith Kirkland, a former designer at fashion brand Calvin Klein co-conceived the vibrating GPS Wayband bracelet that once connected to a smart-phone GPS app can guide the blind and track obstacles above the knee was also presented at the exhibition.