Jim Schrempp: profile

Jim Schrempp


A software engineer by training, I worked at Hewlett Packard for 19 years - back when it was a great company. In 1999 I left HP to co-found Audible Magic, a media identification company. In 2016 I retired. Now I spend my time working on problems that interest me, like applying technology to the issues of aging. I was co-host of a MeetUp on Aging in Place that started in 2014 and ran for two years. I'm a technology volunteer with The Villages of San Mateo County. I have created several open source projects, enjoy reading and cooking - especially modernist cuisine. We travel and spend much time with our friends. In my spare time I make little IoT devices.

I spend a tremendous amount of time and energy as a volunteer at Maker Nexus, a non-profit makerspace in Sunnyvale, California. If you're in the area you should stop by for a tour - the place is fantastic.

My Articles & Research on Tech-enhanced Life

Quickly Getting Help for a Friend in Need

"Hi, this is Lisa. I'm not sure I can take care of myself right now. Can you bring me some food?" I found that scary sounding message on my voicemail one Saturday morning. It started me on a journey to coordinate care for a close friend. I learned several things that I'll share with you. I hope that if you are ever faced with a similar situation, my experience will help you.



Games for Seniors: Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is a new App (Game) has taken the world by storm. This article suggests it could be a great Game for Seniors, helping to encourage healthy exercise. The article (plus video) explains what Pokemon Go is, and how one plays it.



Improving Cinema Experience for the Vision Impaired

I recently became aware of an entire ecosystem of services to help people with all levels of vision impairment enjoy movies. These services provide an audio description of the visual scene. It's a bit like subtitles, but for the blind. Of course these services can help those with other vision impairments as well. This article explains how this all works.



Working at 90 and designing for age

Stimulated by a recent NPR segment on working at 90, here are some thoughts about user interfaces for older adults, and why they fall short.



Prevent Falls; Help Someone Up after Falling.

I wanted to find good videos on the web about getting up after falling, and more importantly, about how to prevent a fall in the first place. Here is what I found. Some of them look very useful.



Fall Prevention: HaveYourSay Circle

On June 4th our Aging in Place Technologies Meetup held a HaveYourSay circle on the topic of preventing falls. We learned a lot about the problem, and discussed a number of quite interesting solution "ideas".