MiRo: A Biomemtic Companion Robot
MiRo, the biomimetic robot, is designed to use facial recognition technology and will prompt its owner to take medicine, remind him or her of scheduled activities, or to question them if it thinks he or she is in distress.
Melody - The App That's a Doctor's Consultant
Melody is a robotic health care helper with a complex form of built-in artificial intelligence that is meant to serve as an aid for doctors when making diagnoses and a first reference for patients who are feeling ill.
Into D’mentia Simulation Aims to Improve Dementia Care Globally
The Into D’mentia experience is centered on a simulation. After an introduction, participants step into a mobile trailer designed to resemble a home kitchen. As participants move about the kitchen, audio and visual technology— including some of the latest developments from the world of gaming—simulate the kinds of difficulties someone with dementia might have.
Ibasho’s Sustainable Communities Help Seniors Redefine Old Age
Based in Washington, DC, but reaching communities around the world, the non-profit organization Ibasho—Japanese for “a place where you can be yourself”—is helping redefine older adults’ roles in their communities by developing socially integrated and sustainable spaces.
Eatwell: Tableware set for people with cognitive impairment
Eatwell, a product designed and conceived by Sha Yao, is tableware that aids people with cognitive impairment. She was inspired by her grandmother diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when she noticed she could no longer care for herself. Thus, in effort to improve her grandmother’s quality of life, she designed tableware that stimulates appetite while minimizing effort of both the individual and the caregiver.
Google Nutrition Calculator
Google has launched the most recent update to its search engine that promises to be a go-to tool for anyone trying to eat healthy.
Hitachi Designs Self-Driving Car
Named, ROPITS (Robot for Personal Intelligent Transportation System), this self-driving car has been deemed a “mobility support robot” by Hitachi and is designed for a single passenger.
New App Turns Smartphone into Hearing Aid
With everyone so “plugged in” to technology these days, researchers at the University of Essex of the UK have created an IPhone App that would allow users to turn their smartphone into a hearing aid.
Germany's 'Lisa the Wonderwall' supports independent living
An innovative team of researchers at Germany’s Technische Universität München (TUM), along with partners from the business world, have designed an easy to install wall panel equipped with many special features to help make living at home a little easier for aging adults.
New Zealand Offers Clinics in the Cloud
In use in New Zealand since November 2012, the Virtual Clinic promises to be one of the most efficient and secure collaboration schemes for patients and doctors.
Innovative Arm Chair Offers New Ways to Exercise
A German contract research and development company, The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS), has created a high tech “TV chair” that doesn’t just provide a comfortable place to sit, but also provides a chance to get a workout right from the seat of your chair!
Telehealth Services - Manitoba
Telehealth services in manitoba bridge geographical divides and provide remote populations access to primary health care, patient education and surgical pre-admission screening.
International Collaborative ‘Healthbot’ Study
In November 2011, the University of Auckland launched a large-scale study of 31 ‘healthbots’ at Selwyn retirement village in Auckland, New Zealand. This study, which aims to make robots that are helpful assistants for older people and for their caregivers, is part of a unique joint research project between Uniservices of the University of Auckland and the Electronic and Telecommunications Research Institute of Korea (ETRI).
Banking—and More—with a Digital Pen
Anoto Group of Sweden has developed a unique system known as a “digital pen and paper.” Using a special Anoto pen and technology, a person can write words or draw a picture that is then transferred into digital form.
Researchers from the University of Alberta and Edmonton’s Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital have been collaborating with the help of IBM on a project aimed at studying the habits of the independent living elderly. The ‘Smart Condo’ project enlisted the help of elderly patients, who lived in technologically advanced apartments and where monitored by hundreds of sensors.