assistive technologies

This topic includes robots, speech-to-text, vision and hearing alternative input and output devices

Can anyone make money with designs that are just for seniors?

The more innovation there is, the more some things don’t change.  Stroll through this Aging 2.0 Summit link – and you will see pages of logos of new, newer, and newest companies trying to make a technology or product that could be used to serve seniors – or perhaps help those who serve them. Or the AARP Health50 Live Pitch, or the Stanford Longevity Design Challenge or the Quintiles competition at Wake Forest in North Carolina. Yet again and again, the question bubbles up – can firms make money creating and selling technology or other innovations specifically designed for seniors?   >>> Read more . . .

Amazon Echo Five Months In

Writer asserts that this voice-enabled device is more useful than first thought.

05/12/2015

sitecues Report Finds Older Web Users Have Untapped Buying Power

04/03/2015

New offering, sitecues, a Software as a service (or SaaS) product that makes websites more accessible has released Forget the Hipsters: Older Web Users are Where it's at, an article that identifies the online addressable market of boomers and seniors. >>> Read more . . .

The Aging-Disability Information Disconnect

Aging in New York.  You may know about the World Health Organization’s Age Friendly Cities initiative, announced in 2007.  And perhaps you know all about Age-Friendly New York, launched in 2009 as a result of the WHO. Lots of folks like to say how age-friendly NYC is – which I have always thought was odd, if not downright laughable – having battled across streets in NYC with a wide range of pedestrian walk times, deep puddles masking ramp cut-outs, and a subway system map that favors insider knowledge. Senior Planet in NYC has some more info on what makes a city age-friendly:  “New York has an amazing public transportation system going for it. Even though it’s not perfect and could be improved upon, we know that aging people use subways and buses regularly.” >>> Read more . . .

CES 2015: Everyday Health Innovation Award Winners

Tech to manage chronic conditions, keep track of our vitals, make smarter health decisions, and care for loved ones, including our pets.

01/08/2015

ClarityLife upgrades phone to communications platform

Amplified sound and enlarged keyboards, with display and sound messages, alerts and photographs.

01/09/2015

Five new Technologies for Aging in Place: July-August, 2014

New, newer, and newest startups to help older adults. Typically it has made sense on this site to not discuss companies until they are in the market, in production, with customers and funding.  But crowdfunding has changed that paradigm. Some startups chose to surface through crowd-sourcing campaigns, gaining visibility and ideally some funding. If all goes well,  they gain some funding, credibility and even bug-fixes. And as one executive from Lively observed prior to its launch, they get feet on the street and customers.  In this post, check out a few of these companies that have launched or recently moved onto media and funding notifications. As always, press releases -- with actual text! -- might help, as do notifications through Indigogo, Kickstarter or other funders. One more thing If any new, newer, or newest startups plan to be at the AARP Ideas @50+ event in San Diego in 2 weeks, let's get together! >>> Read more . . .

Four recent technology innovations from outside the US

Not made in the USA. Over the years, Google alerts have both helped find technologies that would be useful to older adults -- and because this site has focused largely on US companies and initiatives, those same alerts sometimes seem to be all about happenings in upstate New York or new initiatives in New Jersey. So here is an attempt to start a conversation about great ideas for technology innovations from outside the US that can be helpful to seniors.  Emphasis is 'start' -- and additions are welcome. >>> Read more . . .

Use the app, lose the glasses

An app for a technique called perceptual learning to reduce—or even eliminate—the need for reading glasses.

12/09/2013

Innovative “Easy Fork” Created From Inventor’s Quest for Painless Eating for People with Arthritis & Other Health Challenges

09/17/2013

Mineola, New York, September 15th, 2013 - For the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis -- and those with Cerebral Palsy or post-stroke complications-- holding a fork at meals can be a source of pain, frustration, and often isolation and depression. It doesn’t have to be.

 

Vadim Gordin, a 29 year old expert in disability design, patent attorney and founder of product start-up Rise Assistive Devices LLC has created a unique fork called Easy Fork that redefines the mechanics of eating to make it nearly effortless and painless to use. >>> Read more . . .

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