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Artificial Intelligence Enriches Lives of Elderly Patients in the Digital Age

05/31/2018

BOSTON, Mass., May 30, 2018 – Making the right long-term care decision for

a loved one is a challenging experience. Nearly 27 million people will need a

long-term care solution by 2050, according to the Department of Health and

Human Services and the Department of Labor. Many of these individuals

experience cognitive deficits. Caregivers are often at a loss about how

exactly to support patients’ cognitive training.


Mobile App Breaks New Ground for Seniors

AARP Collaborates with Three PULSE@MassChallenge Startups

05/31/2018

WASHINGTON, DC — AARP announced its collaboration with three healthcare startups in its “champion” role in PULSE@MassChallenge, a digital health accelerator.  As part of its participation, AARP is working with three Massachusetts-based companies focused on advancing healthcare and improving patient well-being: Folia Health, Inc., Orbita, Inc.Pillo Health.


Google Home outsold Amazon Echo for the first time in Q1 2018, 3.2 million sold

05/25/2018

Smart speakers have exploded in popularity for the past couple of years, and Google has seen a lot of growth, particularly this past year. Now, new market research suggests that Google has outsold Amazon for the first time ever…


During Q1 of 2018, the smart speaker market apparently grew by 210%, selling 9 million speakers. Traditionally speaking, Amazon’s Alexa platform dominates those sales, but after over a year on the market, Google has finally surpassed them.

USC Center for Body Computing announces 2018 “Voice Assistants for All” hackathon with $10,000 prize

05/17/2018

LOS ANGELES – The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) at Keck Medicine of USC is hoping to solve unmet healthcare needs using home-based digital assistants at its 2018 “Voice Assistants for All” hackathon on July 12–13, 2018. Teams of innovators will be challenged with creating solutions that will enable people with developmental disabilities, as well as seniors and veterans, to have more control over their healthcare.

Let’s talk – what’s actually happening with Voice First adoption?

Smart speakers – they seem to be the new, new thing.  According to eMarketer’s new report , 40.7 million people will use a ‘smart speaker’ at least once in any given month. Because there is competition now, primarily from Google, the market share projection for Amazon (which ‘shipped tens of millions of devices at Christmas’) will drop from 66.6% to 60.8% share by then – and Google Home-related will rise to 30%. Other than Amazon and Google – “Other” will grow from 8.3% to 14%, which presumably includes Sonos, JBL, Harmon Kardon and other entrants. Does this matter? The split is less important than the growth in overall adoption, not because this is the coolest of new gadgetry, but because the user interface is finally improving and matching the way we think -- after many years of deteriorating screen-based UIs that, on a good day, are just plain annoying.

Six Offerings from 2018 What’s Next Business Boomer Summit

The 2018 Boomer Business Summit, now in its 15th year, built this year’s conference as the ‘Blueprint for the Longevity Economy’. That blueprint depends on the enthusiasm and foresight of innovators and leaders of technology companies that focus on the boomer-senior market, increasingly offering Voice First interfaces to new capabilities. Here are Six offerings from companies whose founders are passionate about serving the needs of older adults, those who care for them and those who serve them. All of the material included here is from the firms, listed in alphabetical order.

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