Using Technologies (p2):

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Avoiding the digital divide. using computers, tablets, smartphones, wearables (activity-trackers) and more.

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

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Analysis & Exploration: Using Technologies

Working at 90 and designing for age

Stimulated by a recent NPR segment on working at 90, here are some thoughts about user interfaces for older adults, and why they fall short.

 

 

Co-creating the Future of Aging: First Steps

Last night we held the second meeting of the Meetup group: "Aging in Place technologies: collaboratively co-creating the future of aging". We wanted to attract people looking to roll up their sleeves and collaborate and actually work together on solving the challenges of aging, and that's exactly who came along. It was quite exciting.

 

 

Seniors & Communication: Plethora of Opportunity

On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Tech-enhanced Life held a Design-the-Future Session with 12 residents who live in a retirement community for active, independent seniors in downtown San Francisco. The group included artists, fashion designers, market researchers, a former judge and other highly engaged and active seniors. The topic we discussed was communication: How to stay in intimate contact with people you love who live far away.

 

 

Empowering Seniors through Communication Technology

Ruth was 90 when I met her through an organization that tends to the various needs of senior citizens. Her only child was estranged from her, and my goal was to provide companionship a few hours per week. What I found amazed me and put to rest any lingering age stereotypes I still might have had. Our game plan for how to spend time changed radically.

 

 

Seniors Embrace Social Media in Surprising Numbers

One of the writers I featured in my new book, The Vintage years: Finding Your Inner Artist (Writer, Musician, Visual Artist) After Sixty, didn't begin to write her first book until she was in her eighties. And realizing at that time that her preferred method of pen and paper was no longer efficient, she embarked on learning how to use a computer. At ninety-two she's quite proficient at the keyboard and no stranger to email.

 

 

Why the Renewed Interest in Hardware, and What Does It mean for Aging In Place Technologies?

In Silicon Valley, as elsewhere, there is a general perception that there is a renewed interest in hardware.  Many of my colleagues believe this is happening because of the commoditization of sensor technologies.  Because of the cell phones and automobile industries, sensors cost pennies. You can use a LCD display, used in a Nokia 5110 cell phone, for under a dollar in your new product. Because of the automobile airbag industry, accelerometers cost just pennies.  Cameras, infrared, and touch sensors are all available at very low cost.  Because of the commoditization of these cell...

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Using Technologies

Apple Watches Help Monitor Elders' Health

One of our SRC Explorers is an enthusiastic Apple Watch owner, and presents to the group about the features he likes.

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SF Explorers use Amazon Echo Show to Reach Across the Country

The San Francisco Explorers participate in a cross country video call demonstration of the use of an Amazon Echo Show. .........Read more

Internet Scams and Safety

This is a talk on Internet scams and Safety, from Capt John Alfred. Captain Alfred directs the cyber crimes and the state fusion units with the Rhode Island State Police. .........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

Rosalie Sings the Praises of Amazon's Alexa

Explorer Rosalie reports to the group on her experience from Amazon's first Echo and newer products and Alexa skills, including "Let's Chat". .........Read more

If I Had a Magic Wand, Here is What My Smarthome (Robot) Would Do to Help Me Stay Home Longer

'Blue Sky' thinking about the things that Explorers would like done for them by a Smarthome or domestic robot is off with a rush. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Using Technologies (shared by our Explorers)

Oscar Senior

 

Oscar Senior is an app for tablets or smartphones that provides a simplified visual interface designed for ease of use by older adults and communication with family or friends.

 

BigKeys iPad Keyboard App

 

The BigKeys keyboard app is intended to enlarge the font size to enable users with visual disability or poor vision tend to use a physical keyboard with an iPad, since they may tend not to see (or feel) what they tapped on.

 

CompuMed

 

CompuMed is a countertop device to store and dispense medications at pre programmed times, with alerts.

 

Skype

 

Skype is a free app for video calling which can help people stay in touch over long distances.

 

RFID Blocker Sleeves

 

RFID blocker sleeves protect credit cards, passports, and other radio frequency ID cards from being read by unauthorized scanning devices nearby.

 

Magnifier Android App

 

The Magnifier app is an Android version of the EyeReader iPhone app.

 

Course on Using Smart Phones and Tablets

 

A course on using smart phones and tablets by AARP

 

Drivesharp

 

Drivesharp is a brain fitness product of Posit Science which is offered in partnership with the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

 

NoMoRobo: website to help stop robocalls

 
Nomorobo, telemarketer blocking, nuisance calls
 

NoMoRobo is a web site that allows the user to register the number receiving telemarketing calls and which intercepts those nuisance calls before they reach you. Calls from other than known illegal telemarketing sources come through as always. Occasional telemarketing calls come through and...

 

 

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