Earlier this year, Tech50plus.com issued its annual Boomie awards for the coolest technology products that came to market for the older set, people over 50. There were awards for smart phones, tablets, laptops, smart watches and cameras, though I’m not clear why they are any better for older adults than anyone else. But, here are three technology items that struck me as particularly intriguing, meeting a range of needs, including needs of people aging in place:
Home security device: For $200, “Ring” let’s you see and speak with anyone who rings your doorbell, whether you’re at home or miles away. And, sensors let you know about anything going on around your front door. The promotional material suggests it’s easy to connect to your wifi system. To learn more, visit Ring.com.
Assistive health technology for the visually impaired: OrCam, MyEye uses a tiny camera that clips onto eyeglasses to help people with limited or no vision “see.” A tiny computer that fits in your pocket connects with an earpiece, which enables the device to help you read and recognize whatever it is you point to. And, through facial recognition, artificial intelligence and other smart technology, the device remembers what you teach it. The $3500 cost is steep; it includes training. And, no wifi connection is needed. That said, the Be My Eyes app, bemyeyes.org, uses volunteers to help people see, by “lending” their eyes to the blind.
Smart wear for bikers: A bright yellow biking jacket with LEDs and motion-activated turn signals on the arms could be what you need to stay safe on the road. It also features 23 other integrated LEDs in white and red to make sure others see you. Also available in black. Made in England, it retails for $159. To learn more, visit Visijax.com.
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