Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone today, a combo mobile phone – video iPod – e-mail & web browser with a 3.5″ touch screen, plus built-in 2 megapixel camera, microphone, speaker, Bluetooth and more.
Given that the iPhone will also use Mac OSX, plus widgets, plus built-in maps, plus phone, plus curb cuts like predict and correct as you type, when I think of it as a potential tool for people with disabilities, can you say ‘sky’s the limit’?
While I can’t imagine it being the tool of choice for someone with visual impairments, it has so much potential as an organizational tool, study aide, communication device and more. What is missing, far as I can tell, is the ability to plug in an external device (e.g. for scanning, or other alternative inputs. But if that connection could be accomplished via Bluetooth… hmmm… I’m looking forward to June, when they’re projected to finally ship…
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