Smartphone Accessibility Features: Hands-Free

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guy riding his bike hands-freeLook, Ma, “No hands!”  How fun was saying that while actually letting go of the handlebars and riding your bike hands-free. I don’t ride my bike hands-free much anymore. Going over the handlebars isn’t fun, and hospital bills are expensive. What is fun is talking to your phone, and the phone following your commands, all hands-free.

Voice Access

Some people have dexterity challenges or other mobility impairments, and quite frankly, those pesky keyboards are small. If you’re gardening or cooking, your hands are most likely a mess.

Voice access is at the forefront of hands-free accessibility. Voice access allows users to control their devices entirely through voice commands. You can open apps, send messages, browse the web, and even adjust settings without touching the screen.

Screen shot of voice access

Virtual Assistants

Virtual assistants like Google, Siri, and Alexa also enhance hands-free accessibility. These digital assistants respond to voice commands, enabling the user to perform a wide variety of functions from making phone calls to setting an alarm. My favorite is asking about the weather. My office has no windows.

Voice Typing/Dictation

Voice Typing or Dictation is another hands-free feature. You can convert spoken word into text. You can compose messages, documents, grocery lists, and social media posts quickly. With advancements in speech recognition technology, voice typing is increasingly accurate.

Hands free features are helping to ensure that everyone has access to this “connected” world we live in today. If you want to learn more about how to access these features, catch me here…

Tech Time with Molly @ the McDowell Library on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 3 to 5 p.m.

Tech Time with Molly @ Blue Ridge Terrace on the 2nd Wednesday of the month 2:30-4:30 p.m. (June 12)

Making Your Smartphone Age Friendly, Blue Ridge Terrace, June 19, 3 p.m.

Call Molly with questions, 828-652-8104.