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A not-so-complimentary NY Times hands-on review of the AARP RealPad.

06/30/2015

Using the new feature is as easy as saying "Alexa, read [book title]."

06/29/2015

Creating a dementia caregiver ecosystem -- possibly underpinned with technology that includes the caregiver.

06/26/2015

Maine is the oldest state in the nation -- thus research on tech for seniors.

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Speak to us -- voice interfaces make the audible difference

Alexa made me write about voice.  We signed up early for this Amazon Echo home control/music library accessed through a Pringle can looking box.  True, it needs to be connected to broadband and yes, it needs to be plugged into a wall outlet. But it has no keyboard, only voice input through a lighted-ring of seven microphones listening, continuously learning speech patterns. What to ask this smart-aleck Alexa?  Well, it turns out, it can play an amazing ‘shuffle’ of music you may have purchased through Amazon, but if you are an Amazon Prime member ($99/year), it can also play any of a million songs.  And it has the ability to set up logic scripts (If This, Then That) – links between wake-up alarms and turning on the lights. Oh, and did you know that to encourage voice-tech adoption, Amazon is also launching a $100 million Alexa Fund? Read more ... about Speak to us -- voice interfaces make the audible difference

Technology change in 2015 – two steps forward, three back

Technology improvements do not always…improve.  Rant on. You remember that experience in your life of turning a key and a long-ago new car just started? We expect that with technology but we virtually never get it. And we don’t complain. Much. Wireless networks in the home need a geek-or-two to get running. Smart phones require training, app downloads take time. Then slog through customization of menus, opting out of stupid defaults, and quite frightening disclosures. “Anonymous location data will occasionally be sent to Google, even when no apps are running. Agree?”  Oh sure. Because it doesn’t matter whether I agree or not. Read more ... about Technology change in 2015 – two steps forward, three back

2015 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Announces Finalists

06/19/2015

SANTA CLARA, CA – The Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit announced today the six finalists of the Business Plan Competition, which entices entrepreneurs from around the world to showcase their innovative ideas, products, and services for the Boomer and aging market.  The finalists will present their plans at the 12th annual summit, to be held June 30 at Santa Clara University. Read more ... about 2015 Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Announces Finalists

Bloom Launches With A New Way To Connect Parents, Grandparents, and Children

06/16/2015

After several months of development, the Google Ventures and FKA-backed bloom, is unveiling its first generation of products aimed to combat dementia, and (perhaps equally as important) the disintegration of communication among families.

The seed which blossomed into bloom’s initial suite of products was initially laid in founder Keith Kocho’s head by an errant copy of MIT Technology Review, Mr. Kocho says. Read more ... about Bloom Launches With A New Way To Connect Parents, Grandparents, and Children

Aging in Place Advisors Launches to Help 55+ Community Age in Place with Technology and Home Improvement Options

06/01/2015

Orange County, Calif. (June 1, 2015) – Aging in Place Advisors launched this week with a new take on

serving the 55+ community including senior social and home-health technologies, home improvements

and simplifying the task of finding the right in-home care specialists.

Aging in Place Advisors founder and technology specialist Jeff McEachern says there are a multitude of

technology options and services geared toward the 55+ community but few people to actually help select, Read more ... about Aging in Place Advisors Launches to Help 55+ Community Age in Place with Technology and Home Improvement Options

Technology for seniors – dial down passion, dial up market readiness

The passion of innovation for seniors. Rant on. It’s the most I have seen in the past five years: the halo that surrounds finding new companies that could, perhaps, help older adults, even if they were designed for some other purpose. Many assess them, invite them to networking events, cultivate and encourage their expectations about future opportunity and even award them prizes. The criteria for selection/participation of these entrants are not always disclosed, but phrases about criteria are on the sponsoring entities' websites. New entrants will "have an already developed, scalable and financially sustainable product/service" or they will be "capable of scaling" or they will judge "how easy is it to get the product?" Or the product/service will have "sustainable competitive advantages, positioning or efficiencies." So you might be persuaded that the companies that enter, apply, win, or gain investment must actually exhibit these characteristics. Read more ... about Technology for seniors – dial down passion, dial up market readiness

Five aging in place technologies from AARP’s LivePitch

Everybody off the bus -- the last convention for AARP. Last week’s Life@50+ National Event in Miami was reportedly the last time AARP will produce one of these national entertainment-filled conventions with speakers and tracks for all interests and crowds of boomer-and-beyond women (mostly, based on observation) -- volunteering to pack lunches, climbing onto buses, and basking in the Florida sunshine. The health-focused startup Live Pitch event on Thursday heard 4 minutes from the 10 finalists, 2 minutes from five Florida-based startups, and short 1-minute pitches from alternates from each of those. Judges selected Splitsecnd, a portable device-plus-service for automatic vehicle crash tracking (similar to GM's profitable OnStar, but currently vehicle brand-independent). The audience voted for Audicus (for buying lower-priced hearing aids online) and Constant Therapy (a mobile solution to help patients improve brain function after stroke or brain injury.) Read more ... about Five aging in place technologies from AARP’s LivePitch

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