Communication or social tools (p1):

Research, explorations, discussions, and products and resources relating to Communication or social tools: from Tech-enhanced Life.

Tools that help communicate with others such as family or caregivers. Examples include video conferencing equipment, websites that help with email, and social networking portals.

 

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Analysis & Exploration: Communication or social tools

How to Find "Whatsername" After All These Years?

Peter Paul and Mary had a hit single decades ago called “Whats-her-name.” The chorus goes: “I wonder whatever happened to whatshername.” Your PC might help you find not only whatshername, but also whatshisname too. Here is how to do it.

 

 

Technology & the Future of Aging

This is a live recording (slides and audio) of a talk given by Richard Caro entitled "The Future of Aging, & the Intersection of Aging & Technology". This talk was given in March 2019, at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Communication or social tools

Best Video Call Technology

Now that we are all "sheltering in place", finding ways to interact virtually with people from our homes has rocketed up people's priority list.

We have had quite a few emails now from people wanting to know the best way to have video calls with their family and friends. Here are some... ....... Read more

The Conversation: End of Life Wishes, Providence

In Part 1 of our "End of Life" discussion, Beth Levow, a volunteer with the “The Conversation Project”, explains the resources this Boston-based non-profit program offers to enable conversations about one’s wishes for end-of-life care with family members, friends, physicians, and others. .........Read more

SF Explorers use Amazon Echo Show to Reach Across the Country

The San Francisco Explorers participate in a cross country video call demonstration of the use of an Amazon Echo Show. .........Read more

Rosalie Sings the Praises of Amazon's Alexa

Explorer Rosalie reports to the group on her experience from Amazon's first Echo and newer products and Alexa skills, including "Let's Chat". .........Read more

Amazon Echo Stimulates Explorers' Imaginations

This group of older adult explorers discuss the Amazon Echo device. A pair of enthusiastic explorers introduce the product which they have recently started using. .........Read more

What We Use Alexa For: Lights

Explorer Jan describes her newest tech gadget to the group. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Communication or social tools (shared by our Explorers)

Tochie: Personal Voice Aide

 
Tochie: Personal Voice Aide
 

Tochie is an in-home reminder device, made by Tochtech.

 

WellBe

 
WellBe
 

WellBe from HandsFree Health is a virtual healthcare assistant, which comes in a smart speaker and, optionally, with a modern-looking, smartwatch-type medical alert.

 

Soundmind

 
Soundmind
 

Sound mind is "a voice activated care assistant that reduces social isolation and keeps everyone connected". It is a curated set of skills running on an Amazon Show. It includes video calling (as do all Show products) and also some additional skills including the ability to have the device show...

 

Theora Care

 
Theora Care
 

Theora Care is designed to combine the functions of a smartphone app with wearable devices and other sensors to keep caregivers and care recipients connected. The initial use case is for people with dementia.

 

K4Connect

 
K4Connect
 

K4Connect has created a technology platform (called the K4Community) designed to be a "smart OS for senior living". It includes a variety of smarthome devices and the use of Alexa as a Voice Interface, all connected to an enterprise system that helps a senior living facility "manage" its...

 

Kubi Telepresence Robot

 
Kubi Telepresence Robot
 

Kubi is a stand for a tablet (such as an iPad) that lets a remote user control the tilt and direction in which the tablet is facing. This makes video calls to a less sophisticated friend or family member better — in that you can adjust the position of the iPad so the person you are talking to...

 

Ohmni Robot

 
Ohmni Robot
 

The Ohmni Robot is a virtual telepresence robot. One of its applications is to enable grownup children, living far from their parents, to be able to "beam in" to their parent's house and have a virtual visit.

 

Lumin

 
Lumin
 

Lumin is a freestanding simplified touch screen with an app designed to help keep in touch with family, friends or caregivers through video, text, voice and photo sharing.

 

Livindi

 
Livindi
 

Livindi is a "keeping an eye on them" type of system that includes a large tablet (the LivindiPad) for video calls and photo viewing, as well as an (optional) suite of sensors to help monitor a person's activities and an emergency button. It includes an "App" that lets a caregiver monitor...

 

 

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