Technology originally developed to aid people with disabilities is now going mainstream to offer the general population more convenience.

The voice recognition technology that allows cell phone users to command their phones to “call mom” or to identify a song are just two examples of innovations originally intended for people with disabilities that now enjoy more widespread applications.

Companies are wise to continue this trend, so-called “innovation consultants” say.

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“Most features that are accessible for the disabled have great value to everybody,” one expert tells BusinessWeek.

People with disabilities were also the original target audience for YouTube’s caption feature. Now, that tool enables users to translate content on the video site into multiple languages.

Toys are also benefiting. Mattel is planning to launch a game soon that relies on users to command movements by using brainwave sensors in a headband, reports BusinessWeek. To read more click here.