The awkward, privacy invading and damn expensive Google Glass has taken a knocking lately from Drivers, The UK and even a Seattle Bar. As more and more people get their hands on it, it’s becoming increasingly clear: Google Glass might really change the world. Case in point: Google Glass is helping paralyzed students get around.
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The Google Glass team posted a video, which showed off how Columbia Law student Alex Blaszczuk uses the device to help her navigate after becoming paralyzed from the chest down. The video shows her using Glass to navigate, shoot photos and even look stuff up.
This little peak into her life showed off a side of Glass no one had really thought of before. Many figured Glass as the next big recreational tool, not as a true enabler of day-to-day life.
“Google Glass doesn’t somehow “fix” a disability. But, it is a more accessible tool for self-expression. For communities that are often silent, hidden, marginalized — like that of people with disabilities — these kinds of tools are essential. The more we enable people with disabilities to share their stories and passions, the more they become people, rather than tragic or heroic stereotypes. For me, Glass has also been an incentive to explore — even if I don’t always share with the world, simplifying the logistics of my adventures makes me want to have more of them.”
– Alex Blaszczuk, Columbia Law Student
Read more about Blaszczuk’s Glass/camping trip here[Via Google]