Gadgets and widgets (p1):

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

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

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Analysis & Exploration: Gadgets and widgets

Aging in Place: Why Technology & Gadgets Matter

In my mind, there is a compelling argument that the right gadgets and technology can make aging in place more successful and less expensive. And by more successful, I am thinking in particular of higher quality of life, more autonomy, and less dependence on the kindness of strangers. I don't think this argument gets made much in the media or by the aging services industry though. So here it is.

 

 

Gerontech Products We Wish Existed

Here are some high-impact, gerontechnology product concepts that do not yet exist as commercially available products — although the technology to enable them already largely exists. Our hope for products like these: to significantly postpone the time at which frailty and functional disability get in the way of "living life".

 

 

DIY Technology Solutions to Things Bothering My Aging Relatives

My relatives and their friends are in their 70's and 80's and 90's now, and I am finding they have some recurring "problems" that get in the way of life being as enjoyable as I think it should be. I have come up with a variety of DIY "Tech Solutions" to these problems that I have implemented for them. I hope they will be useful for you too.

 

 

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 artificial 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.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Gadgets and widgets

Hearing Loss and Loud TV: Explorer Report

Problem: My wife has lost some of her hearing and she turns up the TV volume loud to hear.

Solution: We bought a BeHear Proxy Neck Speaker and a HearLink Plus in a bundle.

Here is my report of our experience with... ....... Read more

Smart Home Share & Learn: SF Explorers

When asked which smart home devices they have, San Francisco Explorers answer with more than a few of their personal favorites.  .........Read more

Smart Home Share & Learn: SF Explorers

When asked which smart home devices they have, San Francisco Explorers answer with more than a few of their personal favorites.  .........Read more

Smart Home Share & Learn: SF Explorers

When asked which smart home devices they have, San Francisco Explorers answer with more than a few of their personal favorites.  .........Read more

Smart Home Share & Learn: SF Explorers

When asked which smart home devices they have, San Francisco Explorers answer with more than a few of their personal favorites.  .........Read more

Smart Home Share & Learn: SF Explorers

When asked which smart home devices they have, San Francisco Explorers answer with more than a few of their personal favorites.  .........Read more

 

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

Toch Sleepsense, bed sensor

 
Toch Sleepsense, bed sensor
 

Toch Sleepsense is a non-wearable sleep tracker designed to allow caregivers to monitor the safety of their loved ones while asleep. It also lets you monitor your own sleep.

 

Olive Hearables

 
 

The Olive Smart Ear is a device that combined with a smartphone app is intended to filter out background noise for a clearer hearing experience.

 

BeHear Hearing Amplifiers

 
 

BeHear is a range of wearable Bluetooth hearing amplifiers designed for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

 

Toch Smarturns: Intelligent Stove Knobs

 
Toch Smarturns: Intelligent Stove Knobs
 

Knobs you can add to an existing stove that "time" how long the stove has been on and alert if it is left unattended for "too long".

 

Avantree TV Wireless Earbuds

 
 

Avantree TV Wireless Earbuds are intended for use by hearing-impaired persons or those who do not want to disturb others when watching TV.

 

Vision Buddy

 
Vision Buddy
 

Vision Buddy is a headgear device that is intended to be worn by visually impaired persons to aid in watching TV.

 

VOY Tunable Glasses

 
VOY Tunable Glasses
 

VOY tunable glasses are designed to allow the wearer to adjust either lens to accommodate varying ocular functions.

 

Yoctosun LED Magnifier

 
 

The YOCTOSUN lighted magnifier is a lightweight head-worn device intended to provide hands-free improved visibility for reading, hobby, or other close work. 

 

Bed MadeEZ

 
 

Bed MadeEZ is a set of wedges designed to raise the edge of a mattress so the linens can be changed without incurring a lifting injury. 

 

 

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