According to a recent Newswise article, the University of Washington’s Computer Science & Engineering department is working on personalizing computer interfaces based on an individual’s needs. This will take into account your disability and the limitations it imposes, unlike the pre-made devices you buy in the store.
In order to make sure you are properly matched to your computer, the university will administer a skills test that then allows them to generate a mathematical model geared towards your needs. An optimization program will then figure out how long it will take you to finish applicable tasks, measuring your accuracy and speed.
This program, named Supple, will be able to help people with limitations ranging from paralysis to poor eyesight. The creators see this application starting as a Web-based program that will eventually adapt to traditional interfaces.
Currently, the majority of technologies are made to help you adapt, not the other way around. You can buy arm supports, adaptive computer desks and stools, stands for your paperwork, specially designed mice and many other products created to make your computer access easier. Imagine doing away with all of these extra accessories and instead logging directly into a computer that is geared to help you without assistance. A nice idea and one we fully support!