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Analysis & Exploration: Devices, Tools, Objects

What They Want vs What You Think They Need

I've said it before. Most of the products for older adults that we see are frankly not very good. This article is about two especially common pitfalls. I think of them as the "eat your broccoli" error, and the "I know how to market to 40 year olds" issue.

 

 

Medication Management Systems: Which?

"Good" medication management is widely believed to be desirable, by older adults as well as by clinicians. This article is about what factors make medication management systems useful for a given person, and outlines a series of circumstances for which specific features of these products can be...

 

 

Sensors, Dementia, Safety: Real World Experiences

Using a handful of simple, non-intrusive sensors, retired engineer Bob Glicksman has been able to learn all sorts of important things about the daily routine of an elderly person, who has cognitive impairment, and for whom he cares. He has been able to make multiple successful interventions to...

 

 

Alzheimer's Thermostat Design: Jeeves vs. Nurse Ratched

Remember Jeeves, and Nurse Ratched? Imagine they were in charge of designing products for older adults. I wish we had the sort of products I imagine Jeeves would have designed for Bertie Wooster. Unfortunately, we seem to get the products Nurse Ratched might have dreamed up for the unfortunate...

 

 

Lighted Magnifier: Read menus in dim light

Reading under poor lighting conditions is a common problem, not only for reading menus, but also for reading in bed, or seeing small type in a poorly lit space. What is needed is some type of lighted magnifier. There are four categories of solutions for this common problem. The pro’s and con’s...

 

 

Inventor Road Trip

Earlier this month we invited the inventor of a new type of walker to come along to one of the Longevity Collective circle meetings and show the older adults members of our circle the prototype of her invention and get their feedback. It was pretty interesting. This article is about the...

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Devices, Tools, Objects

I Want to Do My Own Driving Evaluation

Explorer Ron frames the question: "How does one decide whether or not to continue driving?" Should it be one's self, or someone else? .........Read more

Explorers Conceptualize a Better Grabber

In this fun brainstorming session, explorers conceptualize in detail a more versatile 'reacher-grabber' tool than those which are currently available. .........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

Kai Demonstrates His Volaris Rollator Walker

Explorer Kai tells the group why the Volaris rollator-type walker attracted his attention, and why he chose the Volaris brand to meet his needs. .........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: Devices, Tools, Objects (shared by our Explorers)

MyNotifi

 
fall alert MyNotifi
 

MyNotifi is a wearable device paired with a smartphone app and is intended to alert designated others to a fall or emergency.

 

TRiLOC SafeTracks GPS Watch

 
TRiLOC GPS locator
 

This wrist worn device detects wandering and notifies of falls.

 

Nuheara

 
Nuheara IQbuds
 

Nuheara IQbuds are wireless hearing augmentation devices designed to be worn in the ears and intended to be adjustable to hear speech or ambient sounds as desired by the user.

 

Willow Incontinence Products

 
Willow incontinence products
 

Willow offers men's and women's lines of adult incontinence products designed to be absorbent and discreet.

 

The Wellbeing Monitor

 
Wellbeing Monitor
 

The Wellbeing Monitor is a smartphone app that is intended to set up a private communication tool for use by elders and selected family or friends to check in and help assure an elder's well being.

 

Vivint Smart Home

 
Vivint Smart Home
 

Vivint offers a Vivint app designed to coordinate an array of off the shelf home monitoring and security devices compatible with Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant and controlled via the Vivint app.

 

Uniper

 
Uniper, social engagement
 

Uniper is an Internet connected platform intended to reduce isolation and loneliness in the elderly, whether at home or in congregate living.

 

Livpact

 
Livpact
 

Livpact is a connected platform using wireless devices and 'off the shelf' AI hardware intended to to organize and connect family, friends, professional support, community services and helpful resources.

 

Yepzon Freedom Tracker

 
Yepzon Tracker
 

Yepzon Freedom Advanced Tracker and Personal Alarm System is a GPS wearable device intended to work with a smartphone app on 3G cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

 

 

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