assistive technologies

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

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.


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


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 . . .

Intelligent Mobility Aid Aims To Replace The Cane Crowdfunded Startup Isowalk Unveils Revolutionary Walking Technology


New York, NY-- July 1, 2013 -- Isowalk, a revolutionary mobility aid that provides active, personalized walking assistance to every kind of user, has made its debut on the popular crowdfunding site, Indiegogo.

The campaign was launched in conjunction with Isowalk’s public unveiling at the CE Week Expo in New York, June 26-27. The next-generation mobility aid was featured in the expo's flagship event, the FashionWare fashion show of wearable technology. >>> Read more . . .

Device gives visually impaired a way to read

A camera-based system intended to give the visually impaired the ability to both “read” easily and move freely.


GPS Cane for the elderly

Fujitsu innovation combines GPS tracking and a mobility aid.


MedPage: Digital products help senior caregivers

A (very) few products are described.


CEA Launches Foundation in Support of Seniors and People with Disabilities


Arlington, VA – 06/27/2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today announced the launch of its charitable supporting organization, the CEA Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to link seniors and people with disabilities with technology to enhance their lives. The leadership of the CEA Foundation includes Audiovox Founder John Shalam, who serves as chairman of the CEA Foundation, Larry Richenstein, vice chairman, and Veronica O’Connell, secretary and treasurer. >>> Read more . . .

Tech that seniors use or senior tools from vendors

Tech vendors and seniors – purposeful advocates? Maybe you saw this the other day – how Microsoft and several organizations along with the City of Los Angeles are partnering to launch "Exergamers Wellness Club, which combines technology with exercise, overall health monitoring and evidence-based health education from Partners in Care built around the Kinect and Xbox 360 technology – a program that involves dance, Tai Chi, and other fitness activities. Such a hit, it is being expanded to all senior centers in the city." Note that the announcement actually included Microsoft’s role – both with donation of Kinect and Xbox, but also the use of HealthVault and a personal health application for participating seniors. In fact, Microsoft has, one way or the other, been a named participant in activities for seniors for a number of years, back to the well-intentioned SeniorPC launched in 2007 – the offering was still updated on HP’s site as of last year.  >>> Read more . . .

Protect seniors from anonymous companies, products and services

On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.  Although the cartoonist did not intend it, that 1993 New Yorker cartoon predicted the future and so it came to pass – and then some. So much of what’s on the web masks an entirely different reality. And so little when you search online has anything to do with what you want to find. Most people do not scroll down to the second page of search results if irrelevance rules: the Internet is filled with an ocean of junk web pages and misleading ads, masquerading as legitimate commerce. Talk to our friendly representative (photo of woman wearing headset). Call NOW! As seen on TV! As mentioned in TIME Magazine! Misleading information or scare tactic pictures on websites targeting seniors -- to me, these rank with phony telephone credit card and financial services scams. >>> Read more . . .

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