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Marilyn Meets a Roomba and Reports

Explorer Marilyn reports to the group that during a recent visit to friends, they had a robot cleaning their hardwood floors.
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Exercise Tracker with Heart Rate?

Explorer Marilyn discusses her search for a fitness tracker which measures heart rate.
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Best Ways to Protect Passwords

Explorer Steve addresses the group on a topic that he has researched following a previous meeting: Password Management Tools.
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Want Automatic Window Opener

Explorer Bani asks the group to help her find a solution to her problem of how to open the windows in her home with weak hands.
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What do we think of Alexa and similar products

Explorers show interest in the Amazon Echo ("Alexa") and similar voice-based interactive technology which can serve the user, and is actually a type of robot.
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Smell or Taste: Which would I prefer to lose?

Explorers discuss and offer examples of the effects of losing the sense of smell or taste, and moreover which sense would be the more important to them personally, if they had to choose.
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Exploring Gait and Balance Problems

Explorers discuss gait and balance challenges that result from conditions like peripheral neuropathy. We explore what sort of problems people have and speculate about ideas for gadgets that might help compensate for these challenges.
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Do Age-Related Changes in Sense of Smell or Taste Matter?

Asked whether they care about the changes they might have experienced in the senses of smell and taste with age, the group cites examples they have noticed.
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Is there a gadget to help open or close doors?

Explorer Ray introduces the problem of how disabled persons or persons in wheelchairs can close doors as they leave a room, or open the door when they arrive.
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Brainstorming Gadgets to Compensate for Peripheral Neuropathy Effects

Peripheral neuropathy, which is common, can cause difficulties walking and gait impairments. Explorer Lyle speculates "there should be a gadget for that" and the explorers brainstorm.
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