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Friday, November 09, 2012

What are wearables (computers) doing for older people?

Excellent blog posting by Laurie Orlov in Ageing in Place Technology about the great potential for wearable computing for older people.

The basic question she asks is what can products (concepts) like Google Glass, Fitbit and Nike+ be used for other than calculating how many calories have been lost?
Within a short time we will be able to pack into a very small space, like the rim of glasses; memory, a processor, a camera, speaker and microphone, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi antennas, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and a battery. I also would guess that the device would be able to receive sensor data for various body functions like sugar level.

You can immediately see how such a bundle of technology can be used in the wellness market.

Laurie provides some interesting thought about how this technology could be applied to the older demographic. If you are interested in technology then this is good and relevant stuff. Dick Stroud

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