Using Technologies (p3):

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

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

— and for Companies Creating Innovations Related to Aging.

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Analysis & Exploration: Using Technologies

Code To Spot Anomalous Behavior

This is a nontechnical discussion regarding the code that can spot anomalous behavior and the inferences that can be made. This may be the biggest single challenge for realizing clever, tech-enabled solutions forAging In Place?

 

 

Aging in Place needs a Business Model

Aging in Place is a widely popular concept. Seniors want it. Economists think it has to happen if we are not all to go broke. And there is lots of technology being developed that may help. But, picking the right business model is a thorny issue.

 

 

Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools Reaches 500 Devices

Recently I attended a TiE event on "Quantified Self: The Next Frontier in Mobile Self-Tracking". It was a panel of experts who gave an overview of the state-of-the-art and latest developments in self-tracking tools. One resource that was mentioned that I have found particularly interesting is the Quantified Self's Guide to Self-Tracking Tools. It documents more than 500 tools for fitness, sleep, learning, gas mileage, medicine and productivity.  Many of these are useful for the elderly.

 

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Redefining & Redesigning Aging…By and For Ourselves!

I recently participated in a global design challenge to redefine aging. The Challenge was held on the OpenIDEO website / platform (www.openideo.com) where thousands of design-thinkers from around the world participate in a virtual incubator. My team's idea was one of the six winning ideas. Put simply, the idea is to create a participatory design movement, where mature men and women are empowered to create their own future (products, services, experiences, communities, etc.).

 

 

Home Health Care – Who are the stakeholders?

Home healthcare is a huge market. The demand is growing. Investors, executives, and technologists all have ideas for solutions. The key to moving things forward is to bring all of these stakeholders together to look at their issues and concerns.

 

 

Health Technology Forum Conference 2013: Notes

One of the best conferences I attended this year was Health Technology Forum 2013 in San Francisco. Two sessions stood out in particular:

 

 

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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