By TERRI BRYCE REEVES
Senior Staff Writer
Those who worry about their aging parents falling down or being isolated
should take note.
High-tech help is on the way.
At CES 2017, the annual Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas in
January, the large variety of innovative new products to help caretakers, seniors and
the disabled proves that technology is not just for the young and tech-savvy anymore.
Gadgets like smart whistles, connected canes and friendly robots are about to
make aging in place even more plausible as they improve the health and personal
well-being of our aging populations.
Now and in the future, safety, independence and happiness can be as easy as
the push of a button.
Here are some of our favorites:
Falling down is a major concern facing us all as we age as it can lead to broken bones and loss of independence. Nov’in has collaborated with French cane manufacturer Fayet to build a connected walking cane, the Dring Smartcane.
An accelerometer, gyroscope, microprocessor and GPS are synchronized to detect awkward movements and spills and notify help in case of a fall. It can also signal the user that help is on the way. Visit dring.io/en/the-connected-cane
Who can resist the smiling face of the companion robot named Cutii? Triggered through vocal commands that interface with a web platform and mobile apps, the robot by the French startup Yumii makes interacting with friends, families, caretakers and doctors easier than ever.
Operating with vocal and facial recognition software, Cutii lives up to her sweet name by providing seniors with a full catalog of activities and services.
Most elders have a smart phone these days. Now they can have a Smart Whistle too. Created with GPS tracking and Bluetooth technology, GEKO’s
Smart Whistle is activated when a person blows on the mouthpiece or presses a button. Pre-selected contacts will be alerted that the user needs help and advised of their location. The whistles come in a variety of cool, stylish colors too. No monthly service plan required. Visit bit.ly/smartwhiscespr
Stroke victims and those with traumatic brain
injuries are getting help with their rehabilitation
from the Rapael Smart Glove by Neofect.
Designed for those who still have some movement in their hand, the glove wraps around the wrist and helps patients play cards, pour wine and toss baseballs. An app tracks the playtime, progress and success rate.
The spirit of independence grows stronger with the stylish and versatile Model M electric wheelchair by Whill. Its compact shape, omni-wheel technology and nimble steering makes it the perfect all-terrain vehicle to navigate both the indoors and out.
Designed by automotive engineers, it runs at three speeds and includes a stationary
mode to keep it stable.