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Results and findings
Respondents were asked to select which hardware assistive technologies they use.
Google Home was the most popular technology used with 28.8% of respondents selecting it. Bluetooth keyboard was the second most popular hardware assistive technology used by 16.0% of respondents. A range of other smart speakers including Google Nest, Amazon Echo and Apple HomePod and HomePod mini was also mentioned.
This suggests that there is increasing use of voice-activated hardware like Google Home to support access to the internet and information. We also examined the relationship between the use of this hardware and the age of the respondents.
|Google Nest Hub||7.4%||85||1145|
|Refreshable Braille display||5.2%||60||1145|
|Apple Home Pod||3.1%||36||1145|
|OrCam My Eye||3.1%||35||1145|
|Apple Home Pod Mini||2.4%||27||1145|
|None of the above||47.9%||549||1145|
Note: the above questions allowed multiple answer selection.
Smart Speakers were more commonly used by younger adults. Older adults with low vision and blindness potentially use voice activation, as they find most other technology difficult or frustrating to learn and use.
“If I can’t do it by voice, I can’t access the information without help from others.”
(90 – 99 years, low vision, QLD)
— Survey respondent