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Five Tech and Aging Blog Posts You May Have Missed - Aug 2017

Summer lingers in that August lull before all are back-to-business.  Broadcasters are substitutes; columnists are away; the world is awash in out-of-office emails.  So it is seems to be the right time to recap the last month of blog posts before heading into the forward-look at conferences and events about businesses targeting the older adult market.  For example, you may be looking at attending, sponsoring, exhibiting or just learning about LeadingAge, Aging 2.0 Optimize, DigitalHealth Summit At CES or Aging in America.  While mulling those over, check out our new research, a July white paper on social isolation sponsored by GreatCall.  Now here are those five blog posts you may have missed. 

Voice First: what do we really need – a virtual assistant or something more? 

A virtual assistant that can misunderstand you more effectively.  So perhaps you never liked asking Siri questions, partly because the answer was often a website you peer at on a phone.  How dumb is that?  Siri was created a long time ago, but it really got its name when it was introduced into the iPhone in 2011 and dubbed an ‘Intelligent Personal Assistant’. Maybe there is a Siri improvement you wanted that will be available sometime in the fall in iOS 11.  Maybe you want Siri’s English to be in Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.  Maybe you don’t care because you are too embarrassed to speak to Siri in public settings, like meetings, and prefer the auto-correction of your mediocre typing.  Or maybe you are excited now, because Siri may, just possibly, soon work with other apps. Woohoo! 

Ten Tips For Launching A Product or Service - Updated July, 2017

So you want to launch a boomer/senior, home health tech product, caregiving marketplace, or caregiver advisory service.   Or other.  As your new company gets ready to travel into battle at this week's lively Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit pitch event, or the following week, or whenever, it is time to for you to revisit this guidance. Perhaps some time soon, your new or existing company will officially launch its product or service, or perhaps a long-awaited, over-described and much-anticipated offering will finally ship. First read the AARP-sponsored Challenging Innovators or Caregiving Innovation Frontiers research reports -- studying the example offerings and check out their staying power in the market. Then look over this updated checklist that continues to hold true – with a few links that are merely examples:

Bootcamps Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit July 19-21

07/14/2017

Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit Announces Business Plan Competition Finalists, Keynote Speakers and Boot Camp Sessions for 2017 Event

The Claremont, July 20th

Conference produced by Mary Furlong and Associates, Lori Bitter/The Business of Aging, Michael Skaff, 

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Five new technologies for older adults – May, 2017

In home and out and about – new and not quite here offerings.  The top of the list alphabetically is the not-yet-here and pricey Amazon Echo Show.  Is this a ground-breaking innovation? Or is it an always-watching irritant set to ‘drop-in mode’ which automatically will accept a video call after 10 seconds? On the positive side -- start chatting with an aging parent who lacks or hates PC/Macs, tablets, or smartphones.  Consider the potentially negative response: an intrusive person (your loving relative) sneaks up on your screen, ready to converse when you least expect it. How creepy-Skype-y is it?  Here are the five:

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