Problems, Products, Use Cases: Physical

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Discussion Summary

The first meeting of the Longevity Explorer Circle: Smarthomes, Robots, AI took place on May 24, 2022. We discussed the plans for the circle and did two "segments" on problems, use cases and products to get started. This segment was about "Physical" (see the definition below).

This discussion was focused on:

Smart Homes, Robots and AI that can help with physical things like lifting, getting out of bed, moving around the groceries, opening the shades and more. 

 

Here is the summary of what we discussed.

 

The needs: 

  • Ergonomic Dishwashers, Washers and dryers that are cost efficient, 

  • Vacuum cleaners- The capacity on these may not always be optimal and self emptying ones would be a useful added feature

  • Staying independent for a few more years to delay 24 hour care. Activities of Daily Living (ADL) assistance such as brushing teeth, getting in and out of bed, sitting on a toilet etc could perhaps be effectively supported by simple robotics

  • Opening garage doors during blackouts with a non-battery based solution but also something that is easy and light for older adults to use

  • Getting over thresholds of bathrooms, stairs etc

 

 

The products

  • Higher end hospital beds, Powered clothing, Elliq, Amazon Echo Show, Alexa, Google Homes etc have engaged the interests of participants in the group

  • Types of product review platforms currently used by participants such as amazon reviews, consumer reports, product reviews through google, editor’s choice etc have been around. However, it is important that platforms such as TEL that have reviews by older adults for older adults are made known to more people. Many of the reviews on this site that are already published can be accessed HERE

 

Plans for the Summer, 2022

After the success of the first meeting that generated a lot of helpful dialogue about the needs of older adults as well as products that are recommended or desirable, the workgroup will be sending out a data collection form over the summer for participants to provide additional input in the needs and products database.  Once the data is collected, categorization of information will help inform the focus of future meetings of this longevity explorer circle.

 

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