Illustration by Doug Davis

There are many wonderful new hands-free inventions out there — and many of these seem too expensive to be practical. Sometimes a little creativity and common sense can go a long way toward fashioning reasonable solutions for those of us who cannot use our hands. Yet at other times, technology is invaluable, even miraculous.

The Roar of the Dragon
The oldest and perhaps best-known hands-free gadget is Dragon NaturallySpeaking. It’s a voice-recognition program that enables speech control of PC-based (as opposed to MAC) computers. You talk into a microphone and the computer listens. That’s how I’m writing this article.

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