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Want to Silence the Smoke Alarm After it Goes Off

Smoke alarms are a wonderful security device, and we never expect to hear them, except when smoke or carbon monoxide (CO) is detected.

However, everyone I have talked to has had at least one incident when they double toasted the toast or fried something that made too much smoke… and the...

 


 

Problems, Products, Use Cases: Physical

The first meeting of the Longevity Explorer Circle: Smarthomes, Robots, AI took place on May 24, 2022. We discussed the plans for the circle and did two "segments" on problems, use cases and products to get started. This segment was about "Physical" (see the definition below).

This discussion was focused on: Smart Homes, Robots and AI that can help with physical things like lifting, getting out of bed, moving around the groceries, opening the shades and more. 

 


 

Problems, Products, Use Cases: Social

The first meeting of the Longevity Explorer Circle: Smarthomes, Robots, AI took place on May 24, 2022. We discussed the plans for the circle and did two "segments" on problems, use cases and products to get started. This segment was about "Social" (see the definition below).

This discussion was focused on: Smart Homes, Robots and AI that can help with cognitive and emotional things, like staying in touch with friends, reminding us when we forget something, helping with feelings like loneliness, helping to care for someone with dementia. 

 


 

Who are the Smarthome, Robot, AI explorers

Explorers signing up for this circle shared some information. We summarize it below.

 


 

Online Grocery Delivery for those with Low Vision

You are experiencing problems ordering groceries online from apps that are not designed for a person who is blind or has low vision. Even when you tried screen readers such as Apple VoiceOver, you found that using it to read entire web pages designed for sighted persons very frustrating.

 


 

Tochie @ Passavant

The Passavant Longevity Explorers evaluate "Tochie": an AI device.

 


 

Joy for All Robot Pets @ Passavant

The Passavant Longevity Explorers evaluate "robot pets".

 


 

Spends too Much Time on the Couch

If you are looking for a way to help grandpa in remembering to get up and stretch, I have a solution for you. In fact, I’m guilty of spending most of my day on the couch and use this solution to remind me to get up and stretch at least once an hour. I’ve been using this for about a year now and...

 


 

Music for Person with Dementia

Your loved one would like some personalized music, but they are unable to speak the commands to play music on an Amazon Echo Dot, or manage conventional sources of music.

 


 

Need a Simpler TV Remote Control

The Longevity Explorer groups have frequently brought up the complaint that their TV remote is too complicated. It's a recurring theme any time one asks about technology design and examples of poorly designed gadgets.

 


 

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