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The Impact Theme series: Discussions with Older Adults.

 

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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.

 

 


 

Quantified Older Adults: Activity tracking conversation

This circle discusses their use of activity tracking devices to monitor and quantify their levels of acitivity. The group discuss the different approaches each of them has to tracking, and why they do it in the first place.

 


 

Wearable Technology V. Experimental Smart Watch Applications

Wearable Technolgy V. In the final portion of his presentation on wearable technology, Prof. Mandokiya described some experimental uses of smart shoes and smart watches to help physicans who are prescribing an incremental walking program after vascular surgery for patients with peripheral artery disease.

 


 

Wearable Technology IV. WearableTextiles

Wearable Technology IV. Continuing his presentation on the ways in which research can inform the development of health applications for wearable technology, Prof. Mandokiya described the work of his own Wearable Sensing Lab at the University of Rhode Island, with its focus on wearable e-textiles for telemedicine.

 


 

Wearable Technology III. Monitoring Parkinsons Symptoms

Wearable Technology III. Prof. Mandokiya narrated the story of his own early research investigating the use of  smart watch technology to monitor the symptoms of Parkinsons -- the tremors -- in order to help physicians monitor the effectiveness of medications they had prescribed.

 


 

Wearable Technology II. The Internet of Things

Wearable Technology II. Following his overview of the talk, Prof. Mandokiya provided an explanation of how the broad new system termed "the internet of things" works -- linking appliances with sensors to transmitting devices like smart phones and Alexa, which forward these signals to "the cloud" where they are stored and interpreted.

 


 

Wearable Technology I. Prof Mankodiya Intro

Professor Kunal Mandokiya discussed his research using several kinds of wearable technology to assess and monitor illnesses like Parkinsons.

 


 

Rich's New Apple Watch

Explorer Rich shows the group his new Apple Watch and describes features that he particularly likes.

 


 

The Apple Watch Impresses Explorers

Explorer Rich describes his Apple iWatch 3.

 


 

Explorer Sports a Fashionable Smartwatch

Explorer AnnieScott describes the functions of her Movado Connect, a smartwatch in the form of a fashionable timepiece.

 


 

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 Wearables for Seniors 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 Wearables for Seniors, 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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