The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) featured a segment for seniors this year, the Silvers Summit, which explored new ideas, services and cutting edge technologies available for people over 50.
Here are some of the top tech trends from the summit that seniors can take advantage of in the next year:
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Wearable technology has been a growing trend in recent years, with a number of smart watches or fitness wrist bands available on the market. But at this year’s CES, health monitors joined the party. One company, iHealth Lab, introduced a line of wearable medical devices that could help seniors monitor key wellness factors. One of the devices, an ambulatory blood pressure monitor, keeps track of a user’s blood pressure throughout the day and connects to a mobile device to deliver blood pressure readings. Consumers can opt to get results at 15, 30, 45, and 60 seconds, or 120 minute intervals. Having the opportunity to routinely check blood pressure levels throughout the day can make seniors or caretakers more aware of potential causes for spikes in pressure. The company also introduced a wireless ambulatory ECG and a wearable pulse oximeter. The products won’t be made available until iHealth has federal approval for each device, but the health monitors are expected to be on the market by mid-2014. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Forget your basic plastic pill case, the Imedipac can ensure that seniors get the right dosage of medication every day. The seven day, 28-compartment container is fitted with tamper-proof technology to dispense pills and only provides the dosage prescribed to the user. When it’s time to take a pill, an LED light on the device lights up and a call or text message is made to alert the patient. A third party, such as a doctor or caretaker, can also monitor usage in real time and make adjustments to the treatment plan through a mobile application. Imedipac will go through user testing by 1,000 people in 2014 before it’s released for purchase worldwide. Medissimo, the company launching the product, has not yet released a price for the device.
Rose Haywood is a former I.T. professional and freelance tech writer who covers new technology for the home. She resides in a semi-smart home in Atlanta, GA where she consults with small businesses and entrepreneurs on their software needs.
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