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Internet of Things for Individuals with Disabilities

Ayşe Dilşad Yakut (Ibn Haldun University, Turkey)

Industry 4.0 and Global Businesses

ISBN: 978-1-80117-327-8, eISBN: 978-1-80117-326-1

Publication date: 21 January 2022


The Fourth Industrial Revolution has revealed some emerging concepts and technologies. In the framework of Industry 4.0, the Internet of things (IoT) is one of the key concepts as well as an evolving paradigm that creates opportunities of integration between the things and the physical world which has an unprecedented influence in our lives, particularly in the lives of those with disabilities. It is a groundbreaking way of providing independent living opportunities to individuals with disabilities, such as academic and learning aids (e.g. computer-based software, portable word processors), communication aids (e.g. captioning devices, smart glasses, augmentative communication devices), mobility aids (e.g. smart canes, smart wheelchairs), and smart systems (e.g. smart home, smart city, smart workplace), which increase the amount of their participation in the society, thus, empowering individuals with disabilities. This chapter aims to present the IoT technologies for individuals with disabilities and consists of five sections. The first section presents background information about the IoT and how it relates to individuals with disabilities. The second section introduces key technologies and applications that drive the IoT concept of Industry 4.0 in terms of the subject of disability in five domains which are mobility, smart environments, monitoring, communication, and education. The third section illustrates the importance of the IoT technologies and its relevance to the universal approach. The fourth section presents the implications of global business and implications of COVID-19 for IoT technologies. Finally, the chapter concludes with suggestions.



Yakut, A.D. (2022), "Internet of Things for Individuals with Disabilities", Yakut, E. (Ed.) Industry 4.0 and Global Businesses, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 137-152.



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