Technology for people with disabilities inspires mainstream products

09/25/2009 | Bloomberg Businessweek

From Thomas Edison's invention of the phonograph as a way for people with visual impairments to enjoy literature to Apple's iPhone voice-interface technology, inventions originally designed for people with disabilities continue to enhance products used by a wider population. Encouraging others to follow this trend, one former Apple executive suggested that companies "look at designing for accessibility as a sales opportunity."

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