Sharers, Co-creation (p3):

Sharers, Makers, and other "Co-creators" who are interested in collaborating to create new solutions for the challenges of aging. 

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Analysis & Exploration: Sharers, Co-creation

From MD to Alexa Skills Developer: My Journey

Retired physician, Dr Bob Kolock, shares his new "hobby": Alexa Skills Developer. He describes how he came to be interested in Alexa, and describes some of the 13 skills he has developed. Many of these skills are useful for older adults, and Dr. Kolock's perspective from "both sides of the stethoscope" makes them especially intriguing.

 

 

Which Customer Interaction, When?

When the conversation turns to interacting with customers before a product is "finished", most product developers I've talked to are enthusiastic. But they have very different opinions about when to interact with customers, how to interact with them, and for what purpose. I believe there is a way of thinking that helps resolve these questions, depending on the details of the company, and the stage of product development they are at. This article is to share it.

 

 

Joe Maxwell's Universal Design Kitchen

This article describes a piece of universal design (a kitchen) from 83 yr old designer Joe Maxwell. When you read about Joe's kitchen design below from the 1950's you can't help wondering why we don't see more Universal Design in mainstream products.

 

 

The Paradox of Good UX Design for Seniors

Seniors report avoiding, or using in as stealth a manner as possible, technologies that would improve the quality of their lives — even enhance their safety — because they are associated with or specifically designed for the elderly. The paradox, then, for good UX design that addresses seniors’ needs is to do so without explicitly seeming to target the “old.”

 

 

Fashion Design for the Functionally Challenged: An Overdue and Promising Frontier

Whether by accident, injury, amputation, disease or any other cause, functional challenges continue to cause problems with regard to dressing fashionably with minimal assistance. Born of the marriage of the occupational therapy and fashion design disciplines, not unlike Tech-enhanced Life's Freedom Wear initiative under the Longevity Collective, the MIT Open Style Lab is assembling teams to tackle problems of fitting clothing for people with limited dexterity.

 

 

First Freedom Wear Meetup held in New York City

We held our first Freedom Wear Meetup in New York City on June 25th. We had a lively discussion sharing our backgrounds, experiences and visions, and touched on a number of opportunity areas that might warrant further discussion and exploration.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Sharers, Co-creation

Stylishness: What is it? Do we care?

Intergenerational discussion about stylishness. What is it? Does it matter? Does it mean different things for different age groups, and if so what? .........Read more

Generational Learning Styles: Impact on Product Design

Intergenerational discussion about Learning Styles. How do they differ between generations? What is the impact of that on developing products for older adults? .........Read more

Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber

In this fun brainstorming session, explorers conceptualize in detail a more versatile 'reacher-grabber' tool than those which are currently available. .........Read more

What We Wish A Robot or Smartphone Could Do For Us

Saratoga Retirement Community explorers take on the assignment of describing just what a robot might do for them, not only around the home, but beyond.

The Topic: If you could wave a magic wand and have your house, or robot servant magically do three things for you each week or day that... .........Read more

All-terrain walker demonstration

Our group had a demonstration of a prototype all-terrain walker, invented / designed by Elaine Levin who came along to show us her product concept. .........Read more

What Makes Design for Elders Different?

Explorer Steve leads off this discussion of the importance of knowing the problems of older adults when designing products for the 'senior' marketplace. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Sharers, Co-creation (shared by our Explorers)

Cubigo

 

Cubigo offers a simplified set of applications appearing as cubes on a tablet or touchscreen monitor. The user chooses the most useful applications to support their independence, for example: for asking for help, managing and remembering medications, or talking to their caregiver.

 

Remember Me: The role of impact investing in dementia care

 

This report looks at the role of impact investing in funding and growing a new wave of social innovations to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their carers.
 

 

SevenPonds: End-of-Life Planning

 

SevenPonds is a website and blog addressing the contemporary way Boomers are changing death and dying.

 

Age in Place

 

The website of the Age in Place Council, Age in Place is a compendium of resources and services available at the local level to older adults who choose to remain at home as they age. Primarily on the eastern seaboard of the U.S., this virtual version of the Village movement is growing rapidly....

 

Quikiks

 

The ability to put shoes on and off without having to use hands can benefit people in rehab as well as older adults with small motor or arthritic deficits. This novel product may solve a multitude of problems.

 

Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute

 

Adding the musk of proven success to the crush of youthful students defines a new approach to education at an elite university. A fellowship program offers seasoned retirees the opportunity to retrain for meaningful new projects while benefitting their youthful counterparts by virtue of their...

 

The New Era of Connected Aging: A Framework for Understanding Technologies that Support Older Adults in Aging - 2014 Report Update

 

This report includes an encyclopedic tour of the nexus of technology and aging. Forward-looking, it also catalogs the products available today in a myriad of categories (12) to promote health, safety, and connectedness among older adults who have chosen to age in place at home - often alone.

 

Interesting look at the tension between old and new in the tech world

 

An interesting article. As we ponder how to make our ideas into something real consider:

 

Recently, an engineer at a funded-to-the-gills start-up in San Francisco texted me to grumble about his company’s software architecture. Its code base was bug-ridden and

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The Internet of Things: Market analysis

 

Harbor Research is a research and consulting firm, focusing on the "Internet of Things" and "Smart Services." The wave of connected devices has been coming for some time. According to their research it is about to hit hard. There are significant implications for the convergence of smart home and...

 

 

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