tablets and eReaders

includes non-PC-based communication devices, such as tablets, e-Readers

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 . . .

Apple, IBM: 5 million iPads to Japanese seniors

iPads will have special software to help elderly.

04/30/2015

PBS’s SciTech Now to Feature Documentary on grandPad

04/22/2015

GrandPad is pleased to announce that a documentary about its tech product for seniors, will be featured nationally on PBS this month. The piece is set to air in Southern California on PBS SoCal on Friday, April 24th at 5:30 p.m. local time on the show SciTech Now, a periodical that revolves around breakthrough technology, science, and innovation. >>> Read more . . .

Chattanooga business aims to bring 'clarity' to aging seniors

04/23/2015

Chattanooga-based company Clarity has a new president and is launching two new products. 

Telecommunications industry veteran Jamie van den Bergh is the company's new leader, and he said he's passionate about using innovation to bring new solutions to the market. Clarity is a company that creates communications solutions to enhance the lives of senior citizens.

The two new products that will be launched next month aim to make it easier for people to stay connected as they age. One is a business product and one is for families.  >>> Read more . . .

CES 2015 Part 1 – Six New Offerings in the Aging Tech Market

International CES 2015 – overwhelming at every turn. What a relief -- it's over. International CES was an extremely difficult venue to sort into useful categories – the Sands Exhibition Hall (part of Tech West) was filled with every health-related variant of wearable, fitness, and lifestyle improvement like Belty that expands as you eat more – as well as Eureka Park. Watch those fit women peddling bikes and running on treadmills, that distance-measured basketball jump shot, and of course -- the pet-related tracker with the large and tippy stuffed dog.  And they don’t call it International for nothing – walking by, saw (or heard) French entrepreneurs (22% of all startups at CES), the Israeli pavilion, Italian, Spanish, German, and of course, Chinese and Japanese. It is an overwhelming show, not for the faint of heart or foot, and that’s just to get from hotels to conferences and exhibits. >>> Read more . . .

Ten Tips -- 2014 Year-End Guide for Launching a Product or Service

So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product or service.  As your new company gets ready to travel into battle at mHealth, CES, and all those 2015 launch events to-be-named-later, 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. Here is a checklist that continues to hold true – with a few links that are merely examples: >>> Read more . . .

Panasonic to introduce tablet-based telehealth service for assisted living facilities

10/20/2014

Panasonic Corporation of North America has announced it will launch On4TodayTM, a tablet-based telehealth service, in November. The new Health and Wellness Solutions business group is part of Panasonic's ongoing business transformation and will deliver technology solutions to the healthcare market. The group's first offering - On4TodayTM - is a non-clinical telehealth service provided to long-term care and assisted living facilities. >>> Read more . . .

Five offerings for technology for aging in place -- Not startups -- Sept-October 2014

Startup mania is one thing -- but bigger companies like tech too.  AARP has a Longevity Network to encourage startups and an updated market overview report --  and funds are blossoming -- see Linkage Ventures and Aging 2.0. Then there's the StartUp Health billions and billions, and RockHealth (more billions) -- yada yada yada.  With all of that money flowing and hype flowering around startup wannabes, who knows what other incubators, accelerators, and motivators in 2015 are ahead? The new year starts off at CES in Las Vegas -- will it bring new companies to light that are focused on seniors? Meanwhile way back here in what's left of 2014, a number of firms that are NOT startups by any definition have recently announced new offerings -- each of these acknowledges and encourages seniors to use cell phone, tablet, and smartphone technology today.  List is alphabetical, and all content is taken from press announcements and/or the organizations' own websites.   >>> Read more . . .

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 . . .

AARP ANNOUNCES REALPAD, FIRST OF ITS KIND TABLET DESIGNED FOR AMERICANS 50+ APPREHENSIVE ABOUT TECHNOLOGY

09/04/2014

Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2014 — AARP (http://www.aarp.org/), the nation’s largest advocate for 76 million baby boomers, today announced RealPad, a first of its kind tablet device built to address the specific needs of 70 million Americans 50+ who are yet to fully embrace tablet technology to help them stay connected. >>> Read more . . .

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