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AARP teams up with Pfizer and UnitedHealthcare to support digital health tech studies

04/06/2015

The AARP has launched an initiative as part of a move to roadtest mobile health apps and devices to determine if they fit the needs of its demographic, according to a statement from the organization. Project Catalyst includes collaborations with Pfizer and UnitedHealth. It’s also a response to the fact that the 100 million people aged 50 and older are the largest consumers of healthcare and the interest in pushing digital health companies to develop devices that are designed with them in mind. Read more ... about AARP teams up with Pfizer and UnitedHealthcare to support digital health tech studies

PANASONIC INTRODUCES HOMETEAM™ - Online Service Connects Loved Ones, Keeps Families in Touch

03/24/2015

NEWARK, N.J., March 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Panasonic today announced a simple way for grandparents to maintain and build ever more meaningful relationships with their grandchildren, even when they're far apart. Read more ... about PANASONIC INTRODUCES HOMETEAM™ - Online Service Connects Loved Ones, Keeps Families in Touch

Consider the impact of Apple announcements -- and move on

Gadgets and gizmos all around, but when is a watch a timepiece? Consider the Apple announcements. How prophetic was the Little Mermaid who said "You want thingamabobs? I've got twenty!" Now think about Maxwell Smart's shoe phone. Somehow the new Apple Smartwatch reminds me of gadgets that were so silly and fanciful, they could only have been in the movies (Captain Kirk, Dick Tracey had a variety of amazingly smart watches) or on television.  Just think how many other tech products have emerged from the movies -- or for that matter, read this article about the technologies today -- like the Flip phone -- that were imagined by the creators of Star Trek. Just because they can be created -- they are, and often have amazing and compelling implementations (3-D printers and replacement body parts?) Read more ... about Consider the impact of Apple announcements -- and move on

Aging in Place Technology Watch February 2014 Newsletter

Press releases propagate predictive thought. Most wearables and health-related predictions reflect the universe of themselves, that is, gadget press releases and press hype about the rise in wearables, for example, among consumers. Per IDC, in 2014 “wearables and embedded sensors will become mainstream." What is mainstream, considering that only 32% of consumers are even aware of fitness trackers? Read more ... about Aging in Place Technology Watch February 2014 Newsletter

Hype cycles: IDC can predict last week, the world ignores the present

Press releases propagate predictive thought. Most wearables and health-related predictions reflect the universe of themselves, that is, gadget press releases and press hype about the rise in wearables, for example, among consumers. Per IDC, in 2014 "wearables and embedded sensors will become mainstream." What is mainstream, considering that only 32% of consumers are even aware of fitness trackers? Or consider that low-risk prediction: "Certain health care organizations will experiment with Google Glass."  Well, maybe not so much this year -- two months before, a Fast Company article interviewed a surgeon who was experimenting, concluding that the device has a 'long way to go.' Read more ... about Hype cycles: IDC can predict last week, the world ignores the present

December 2013 Year-end Wrap and 2014 Trends to Watch

2013 was a year in which issues percolated all around the world of older adults – health insurance and Medicare media interest dominated, but senior housing also made the news, caregiving received some exposure, and new tech to mitigate hearing and vision loss emerged. In terms of trends that could, would, and should impact the technology worlds of older adults, much has happened and more is ahead. From specific initiatives to government policy implications, the markets (money, innovation, and consumer interest) show signs of aligning in ways that can only benefit boomers and seniors. Here are trends that signal change:

Read more ... about December 2013 Year-end Wrap and 2014 Trends to Watch

December 2013 Year-end Wrap and 2014 Trends to Watch

2013 was a year in which issues percolated all around the world of older adults – health insurance and Medicare media interest dominated, but senior housing also made the news, caregiving received some exposure, and new tech to mitigate hearing and vision loss emerged. In terms of trends that could, would, and should impact the technology worlds of older adults, much has happened and more is ahead. From specific initiatives to government policy implications, the markets (money, innovation, and consumer interest) show signs of aligning in ways that can only benefit boomers and seniors. Here are trends that signal change: Read more ... about December 2013 Year-end Wrap and 2014 Trends to Watch

SparkPeople, Sparked By 15-Million Member Community, Unveils the Spark Activity Tracker with FitLinxx Technology

10/01/2013

CINCINNATI, Ohio, October 1, 2013 – SparkPeople, the largest online weight-loss and fitness community, today debuted the Spark Activity Tracker at Health 2.0, the leading health conference for cutting-edge innovation. SparkPeople partnered with FitLinxx, a provider of wireless health and wellness technology that motivates people to live actively and improve their well-being, to market the Spark to consumers. Read more ... about SparkPeople, Sparked By 15-Million Member Community, Unveils the Spark Activity Tracker with FitLinxx Technology

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