The Consumer Electronics Show (learn more here) is wrapping up. This annual trade show is a gadget/tech/electronics extravaganza that is the proving ground for gearheads, dreamers, upstarts, startups, and inventors in new and established companies worldwide.
To stay on top of tech developments and innovations that can help Senior Planet members and improve programs offered by its parent, Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), a four person team from OATS and Senior Planet visited the show: Tom Kamber, PhD, Executive Director of OATS/Senior Planet; Kimberly Brennsteiner, Director of Programming; Lorne MacArthur, Technology Manager, NYC Programs, and Alex Glazebrook, Director of Training and Technology. We asked Alex to share his standout picks of some exciting standout technologies that could change how we age.
The Samsung Flip
Third on the list: Samsung Flip – a collaborative meeting tool that projects multiple computer screens on one larger, interactive display. The screen can be manipulated, annotated, infused with multimedia, and more. This is perfect for education, business, or trainings with Senior Planet staffers.
The possibility that robots can help older people remain in their homes is a tantalizing one; there are tests even now of a technology solution, according to this report of one in-home test. You can read about the Elli Q here and even sign up to join a waitlist for a beta test.
During the show the buzz about robotics was everywhere, but according to one roundup by Wired UK, not every robot made the grade. It looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer before we can live like the Jetsons. On the other hand, there are some roles for robots that aren’t exactly meant for the Cartoon Network, like these pole dancing robots.