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The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

 

Our Longevity Explorers have been brainstorming about what they want Smart Homes, Robots and the Internet of Things to do for them in the future. We have generated lots of ideas we hope innovators will find helpful as they design new products and services.

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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 and listen to the discussion

 


 

Amazon Echo Stimulates Explorers' Imaginations

This group of older adult explorers discuss the Amazon Echo device. A pair of enthusiastic explorers introduce the product which they have recently started using. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

What We Use Alexa For: Lights

Explorer Jan describes her newest tech gadget to the group. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

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 and listen to the discussion

 


 

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 and listen to the discussion

 


 

Alexa Demo @ Avenidas

Longevity Explorers discuss Alexa @ Avenidas .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Home Robotics

Robotics and AI for Seniors. One member is fascinated with developments in this field and wants to find a way to keep up with what is available and affordable. She does not have a specific application in mind but may need help with declining eyesight.

Someone reminded us that Alexa can... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Alexa Show and Tell @ Pleasanton

A member brought in an Alexa device and demonstrated some handy uses. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Alexa @ Pleasanton

Alexa uses were explored.  Some uses included turning the thermostat on or off from a remote location, turning on the radio, setting reminders, setting alarms and turning on lamps.  Next meeting we will bring in an Alexa device and explore even more uses. .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

Robot Helpers Now and in the Future

We had an intense discussion about the use of robots as helpers, starting with some people’s experience with single function versions of this newly emerging technology such as fetching and carrying, cleaning, putting things away for later retrieval, walking with you etc. Safety concern that such... .....Read more and listen to the discussion

 


 

About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Smart Home, Robots, Internet of Things is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Smart Home, Robots, Internet of Things, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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