Earl Powell: profile

Background: 

I am the organizer of "Baby Boomer Hackers, Makers and Entrepreneurs" a San Francisco Bay Area Meetup group. 

I am particularly interested in using home automations and the internet of things technologies to enable baby boomers to Age in Place.

 

My Articles & Research on Tech-enhanced Life

Why the Renewed Interest in Hardware, and What Does It mean for Aging In Place Technologies?

In Silicon Valley, as elsewhere, there is a general perception that there is a renewed interest in hardware.  Many of my colleagues believe this is happening because of the commoditization of sensor technologies.  Because of the cell phones and automobile industries, sensors cost pennies. You can use a LCD display, used in a Nokia 5110 cell phone, for under a dollar in your new product. Because of the automobile airbag industry, accelerometers cost just pennies.  Cameras, infrared, and touch sensors are all available at very low cost.  Because of the commoditization of these cell...

 

 

Falling Down The Stairs; Understanding the needs and motivations of Seniors

In order for our community to move forward with the development of technologies that will enable baby boomers to age in place we will need to understand the needs and motivations of Seniors. The psychology of aging is relevant and necessary as we proceed. I am going to present a model that should help us gain a general perspective on this very complex subject.

 

 

Code To Spot Anomalous Behavior

This is a nontechnical discussion regarding the code that can spot anomalous behavior and the inferences that can be made. This may be the biggest single challenge for realizing clever, tech-enabled solutions forAging In Place?

 

 

Aging in Place needs a Business Model

Aging in Place is a widely popular concept. Seniors want it. Economists think it has to happen if we are not all to go broke. And there is lots of technology being developed that may help. But, picking the right business model is a thorny issue.