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.

 

For Older Adults, their Families, and Caregivers

— and for Companies Creating Innovations Related to Aging.

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Analysis & Exploration: Gadgets and widgets

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.

 

 

Low Vision Aids, Adaptations, Resources

Learn about Low Vision Aids & Adaptations in this detailed overview by Dr Marlena Chu. For people with low vision, these tools can make a big difference to the ability to live independently, and to quality of life.

 

 

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.

 

 

Explorer Discussions: Gadgets and widgets

Vision Gadgets: Share What You Use

 

Do you use any vision gadgets — like magnifiers, special lighting, or apps that help see things in various situations?

The Longevity Explorers are exploring vision gadgets. We are interested in the inputs of the broader Tech-enhanced Life community too.... ....... Read more

Pill Holders @ SF

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

Pill Holders @ SF

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

Pill Holders @ SF

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

Pill Holders @ SF

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

Pill Holders @ SF

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

 

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

Tricella Pillbox

 
tricella smart pillbox
 

The Smart Pillbox by Tricella is designed to detect if a dose of medication has been forgotten, and to alert the user as well as a friend or family member, as well.

 

DreamPad

 
DreamPad
 

DreamPad is a sleep aid intended to deliver restful music or sounds when used with Bluetooth and a pillow so the user is the only one who hears the sound.

 

Singer Self-Threading Needles

 
 

Singer Self-threading needles are designed to help persons with visual or range of motion limitations to sew by simplifying the threading of the needle.

 

Koolertron Video Magnifier

 
 

A video magnifier designed specifically to be used to enlarge things for people with impaired vision.

From the website: "Suitable for : cataract, glaucoma, macular degeneration, optic atrophy, retinopathy, high myopia, congenital cataract, nystagmus, albinism, elder man...

 

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 a passive wearable tracking technology in a shoe insert to keep track of someone who may wander.

 

 

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