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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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Explorers' Field Report on Use of Toenail Clippers

Eskaton Village explorers took home an array of toenail clippers and returned with a report of their findings.
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What Scares Us About New Technology?

Explorer Lynn introduces the topic of her feeling of resistance to new entries in the tech field, mainly due to the fear that she will not understand it and will not have the necessary support to use it properly.
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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.
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Better Posture Gadget: Show and Tell

Saratoga Retirement Community explorers are introduced to Lumo Lift, a wearable tech device designed to promote good posture in people of any age.
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Opinions Mixed about Trust in Social Media

Explorer Ayanna opens the discussion with her ambivalence about the usefulness of social media, conscienciously resisting the superficiality of it as well as the lack of human intraction.
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