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06/30/2015

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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Updated (8-25-2012) Aging and Health Technology Report Click here

Updated (7-31-2012) The Future of Home Care Technology Click here

Published (2-14-2012) Linkage Technology Survey Age 65-100 Report Click here

Published (4-29-2011) Connected Living for Social Aging Report Click here

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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

Nortek Security & Control Acquires Health and Wellness Technology Business from Numera

07/01/2015

Carlsbad, CA July 1, 2015 - Nortek Security & Control LLC, a Nortek, Inc. company (Nasdaq: NTK) and a leader in the residential and commercial security and smart control markets, today announced it acquired mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS) and telehealth business assets from privately held Numera, Inc. Read more ... about Nortek Security & Control Acquires Health and Wellness Technology Business from Numera

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Let's remember ten tips for startups entering the market

So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or service.  As your new company get ready to travel into battle later this spring at the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit, the Digital Health Summer Summit, Health 2.0, mHealth Summit, and all remaining 2015 launch events to-be-marketed, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps some time soon, your new or existing company will officially launch a new product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. First read the AARP-sponsored Challenging Innovators research report. Then look over this mid-year updated checklist that continues to hold true – with a few links that are merely examples:

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GREATCALL’S INNOVATIVE FALL DETECTION BRINGS NEW LEVEL OF SAFETY TO ACTIVE AGING

04/28/2015

SAN DIEGO (April 28, 2015) - GreatCall, the leader in creating mobile health and safety solutions for active aging, today added automatic fall detection to its 5Star urgent response service. As falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults, this technology enables them to go about their lives safely and independently, knowing the device will automatically alert a highly trained 5Star agent in the event of a fall. Read more ... about GREATCALL’S INNOVATIVE FALL DETECTION BRINGS NEW LEVEL OF SAFETY TO ACTIVE AGING

The PERS industry must do a better job of serving seniors

These are tech transition times for everyone – including seniors and their devices.  In case you didn’t see it, the Pew numbers about smartphone use are out – 27% of the 65+ have smartphones, up from 19% last year. Given the date of that data (from last fall), let’s just assume that this number is actually lower than today's reality.  So why should a PERS reseller or manufacturer care?  First because carriers don’t want to sell feature/clamshell phones any more. They make it difficult to even find them. They are selling smartphones to people who don’t want or use all of the features they have, but they’re buying them anyway because that is what they’re being sold.  In retrospect, Philips Lifeline might have seen the near term PERS future – and it could be a smartphone – and thus an app. And thus -- why have more than one device? And why not pair a tiny pendant or clip to a smartphone? Or make a watch? Read more ... about The PERS industry must do a better job of serving seniors

Wearable Alert Device From VSN Mobil Is Crucial Connection to Summon Help Anywhere

03/23/2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - Personal security and safety are things everyone values, but they're often taken for granted. Today, VSN Mobil introduces the V.ALRT, Personal Emergency Alert Device, a small wearable device that works with a smartphone to send out urgent calls and texts at the touch of a small button, summoning help wherever and whenever someone should need it. The V.ALRT is available for purchase starting on May 29th at www.VSNMobil.com and Amazon.com for $59.99.

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Five (pretty smart) watches – acknowledging that seniors exist

Should smart watches target and serve seniors? Erik Wicklund observed in mHealth News that the smartwatch hype about Apple’s rock-the-world has mesmerized the media. He mentions Microsoft Band and Pebble. Really from a hype-opmeter perspective, that was gracious, but those products already shipping are not generally thought of as ‘MAGICAL.’  Do seniors need a Smartwatch? Does anyone need all the smarts being invented?  Let’s just call that a rhetorical question for now. Note these five smart watches for seniors, in alphabetical order, information from websites or reviews. These are available now or planned to be released soon: Read more ... about Five (pretty smart) watches – acknowledging that seniors exist

Burg's Cellphone Watch Targeted To Kids, Seniors

03/10/2015
Nyack, N.Y. – Burg, the maker of cellphone-equipped smart watches, is targeting its latest wearable to kids and seniors.

The $129 Burg 31, which comes with analog hands, incorporates GPS to track kids and seniors. For emergencies, it provides one-touch 911 calls and speed dialing of up to three pre-set numbers without the use of a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

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G2I INTRODUCES SWISS MADE LIMMEX EMERGENCY WATCH TO THE U.S. MARKET

10/01/2014

G2i, Inc. announced today that it will be introducing the Swiss made Limmex AG Emergency Watch to its offerings.

The watch acts as a personal security device and is offered as a monthly service independent of the G2i's smart home system

and interactive services. The watch adds a new dimension to G2i's security offerings, and

enriches the customer's peace of mind both in and out of the home. Read more ... about G2I INTRODUCES SWISS MADE LIMMEX EMERGENCY WATCH TO THE U.S. MARKET

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