What IoT products will change the way we view our senior years (70+)?
I love this innovation out of SRI...I talked with the prior CEO of SRI about it and he brags about its effectiveness...says that it makes walking dramatically easier...keeping people moving is the key for good mental and physical health...even if its a lot easier.
I believe IOT devices will play a key role allowing seniors live safer and more independent. This is a demographic that needs a very simple user experience across multiple devices. Some uses would include:
- Health monitoring: Devices will be monitoring basic vitals (heart rate, sugar levels, blood pressure, acceleration/fall), tracking data for doctors and notifying care gives in case of an emergency.
- Medication dispensers can be configured to deliver medication as needed, with much higher ability to configure customized doses depending on vitals, time of day or exercise level.
- Robots (including self-driving cars) will facilitate mobility, and help with common tasks (cleaning, laundry, exercise aids, etc)
- Identification bracelets will remove the need to remember complex passwords or carry keys, and will allow customized experiences across devices.
- Voice-activated devices with artificial intelligence should allow for more intuitive user interfaces.
Some of the IoT products that will support the well being/health of citizens are those built with sensors smart and reliable enough as well as trusted to securely capture relevant body signals without overwhelming the senior citizens wearing them and following instructions. Typically the IoT products should be connected to a trusted infrastructure to built confidence in the users. With the advances we have, I believe it is possible to build the infrastructure to support such IoT solutions.
Many people aged 65+ are IT users and I agree with the comments above, technology such as wearables are very motivating when it comes to moving every hour (we know how damaging sitting for long periods of time can be) and even step counting. I also think that in using technology - some of the older generation do not feel they are being left behind. I have seen the benefits of skype in connecting people to their families, wearables, plus self monitoring of pulse and blood pressure and blood glucose. Such devices give people a feeling of living in the here and now, and more importantly a feeling that they have a modicum of control over their lives and health