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AgePower Tech Search Announces Five Finalists


  MINNEAPOLIS/SAINT Paul (January 8, 2014) – Ecumen and MOJO Minnesota, the organizers of

the inaugural AgePower Tech Search, which is designed to help bring new technology solutions to a

rapidly aging world, have announced the initiative’s five finalists (listed below). Team leaders for the

five technologies will participate in a Demo Day before AgePower judges in Minneapolis/St. Paul on

January 21st. The finalists will vie for an opportunity for a 6-month pilot with Ecumen customers and >>> Read more . . .

Venture Beat's Smart Refrigerators: Do Not Want

Nice article about innovation excess (at CES, naturally), as well as innovation unapplied.


Medical technology stories to watch at CES 2014

Forbes: Imagine a home with automatic medication dispensers, robots, video, and motion sensors to detect falls.


Making ease of use the default for new product design

Do designers of new products seriously consider ease of use?  As the December buying frenzy fizzles, we are often reminded that 70% of the US economy is driven by consumer spending. We are not reminded too often about the Longevity Economy -- that 90+ million people are 50+, have most of the money, own most of the homes and cars, and thus buy the most of everything, including technology. And even the growth of social media shifts older - the fastest growing segment of Facebook users are aged 65+, Facebook has apparently saturated and/or bored teenager segments who have moved on, at least for now, to other stuff. So as some of you head off to CES exhibit halls this coming week, please consider the product user interface of what you see. Look at the TV, 'white hot' wearables, fitness devices, car tech, the ironically-titled not-so-smart phones, tablets, the health apps that apparently will eclipse the TVs.  Count the demos you see of products you could characterize as simple, elegant, easy-to-use designs for all ages, including those who need to put on their reading glasses to read the manual or the 70% of adults who suffer eye strain peering at their devices.   >>> Read more . . .

Where digital health and seniors meet

It will be up to healthcare companies to adapt those technologies to be used by seniors.


ALFA: Senior Living Technology 2013 Highlights

Not a survey, but noting of use of EHR, care coordination, sensors, and mobile apps.


A look back at 2013's most read blog posts

One word to describe 2013 -- mobile. Like the word "plastics" in The Graduate, if you asked investors what made them empty their piggy banks in 2013, this was the year of the Mobile Self. If it is smartphone-like and/or moves with you on your body, to mangle Arnold Schwarzenegger, why not invest a billion or so.  But a not-so-subtle change also marked the year -- what was once mHealth has migrated to become healthcare (maybe because those downloaded apps were a bust) and then Health IT by the end of the year. Health IT is where the real budget and money are. To date, no one has figured out how to make money off smart phone apps except smart phone new-every-two carriers. In that light, here are the most read blog posts from 2013: >>> Read more . . .

Philips hue to Mark Colorful Start to 2014


TV Audience of Over One Billion to See Programmable LED Bulbs Light Iconic New Year's Numerals in Vibrant Color

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Dec. 17, 2013

An Alternative to Giving up the Car Keys

Consulting a driving rehabilitation specialist -- for tech, "smart" headlights that adjust the range and intensity of light  and lane departure systems.


Caregiving goes digital -- and let's boomers age in place

The home will serve as an early detection system.

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