Gadgets and widgets (p1):

Research, explorations, discussions, and products and resources relating to Gadgets and widgets: from Tech-enhanced Life.

Electronic gadgets, such as wearables and TV remotes, and mechanical widgets such as jar openers and grabbers.

 

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Analysis & Exploration: Gadgets and widgets

Can Alexa Help Fight Loneliness and Isolation?

Perhaps it seems counterintuitive that an artificial intelligence(AI) might help combat loneliness and isolation. But as our Longevity Explorers evaluate the latest version of Alexa, paired with the Amazon Echo Show, which has an excellent video call capability, we are starting to see great potential for these products to do just that.

And while there are a variety of initiatives evaluating the potential of interactions between older adults and Alexa (Amazon's artifical intelligence) as a way to reduce loneliness, we think the communication capabilities of the Echo Show may make possible deeper human to human interactions (with friends and family for example) as well.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Low Vision: Aids, Adaptations & Resources

People with low vision often benefit from adaptations, low vision aids and devices, and supportive resources for their daily activities. This article is about these tools.

 

 

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 helpful. Think of this as a "how to get started" guide to the topic of medication management systems.

 

 

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 of each solution are detailed below, as well as in the individual product listings we link to.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Gadgets and widgets

Pill Holders @ SF

SF Longevity Explorers discuss the pros and cons of a variety of pill holders. .........Read more

Passavant explorers evaluate "TV Ears"

The Test Pilots/Passavant Community Longevity Explorers Circle evaluated the product "TV Ears" at their October 2019 meeting. Here are the results. .........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

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

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. .........Read more

 

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Useful Products & Resources: Gadgets and widgets (shared by our Explorers)

Pria: Home Care Companion

 
Pillo Robot
 

Pria is a voice activated robot intended to manage medications as well as provide health and wellness information via the Internet and an app.
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Sereonic TV Soundbox

 
 

Speaker that can play the sound from a TV, and be positioned right by a person who needs it to be louder, with independent volume control.

 

Bemer Vascular Therapy Products

 
Bemer Therapy Products
 

Bemer products are intended to produce beneficial health effects by stimulating the vascular system in the smallest blood vessels.

 

TRiLOC SafeTracks GPS Watch

 
TRiLOC GPS locator
 

This wrist worn device detects wandering and notifies of falls.

 

GPS Smartsole

 
 

GPS Smartsole is intended to be passive wearable tracking technology in a shoe insert to keep track of someone who may wander.

 

iPosture Pendant

 

The iPosture Pendant is a wearable tech device intended to help one improve posture by alerting the wearer when their posture is less than ideal.

 

Nimble One Finger Safety Cutter

 
 

Nimble One Finger Safety Cutter is a silicone fingertip tool with a sharp blade intended to make for easier opening of packaging and cutting in general.

 

Toobaloo

 
 

Toobaloo is a tubular device designed to give auditory feedback to children (or adults having speech therapy) and to help adjust fluency.

 

Extra Large Impaired Vision Clock

 
 

The Extra Large Impaired Vision Digital Clock is intended to make it easier for persons with low vision or with dementia to keep track of the day and time at a glance.

 

 

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