Sunday, February 23, 2014

What is academia in the US thinking will be winning technologies to help the old?

The Stanford Center on Longevity has announced seven finalists for its inaugural Design Challenge

These ventures give a good idea of the current thinking how entrepreneurial US universities see technology being used to aid older people and to make money.

Many thanks to the guys at Aging2 for highlighting this announcement.

Automated Home Activity Monitoring” – Stanford University
A system for automatically detecting activities of daily living and generating a call for help when necessary.

“CareSolver” – Harvard University
A caregiver platform intended to give “lay” caregivers support and facilitate coordination with a larger caregiving team.

“Confage” – San Francisco State University
An engaging gaming experience that teaches the older users how to better use touchscreen devices.

“Eatwell” – Academy of Art (San Francisco)
A tableware set specifically design for the needs of people with Alzheimer’s.

“Memory Maps” – Copenhagen Institute of Design
A system that allows a person with early-stage cognitive issues and his/her family to record memories attached to real-world locations.

“Taste+” -  Singapore National University
A spoon that electrically stimulates the taste buds to promote better eating for those who experience diminished taste sensation.

“ThermoRing” – San Francisco State University
Visual indication of a stove burner that is left on or that is too hot to touch, a significant safety issue for those with dementia.

It will be fascinating to see how many of these developments see the light of day. Dick Stroud

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