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Can government keep up with the accelerating rate of technologic change?  The answer is, usually not. In the US, at least, government moves slowly and is captive to multiple conflicting influences.  Legislators react after problems arise, and even then may not fully understand the underlying technology.

Instead, insurance companies may become the real regulators of […]

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Sometimes I joke that we’ve been talking about the Millennial generation for so long, they got old.

Old enough, at least, to start families.  And thus Millennials were a central focus at the Juvenile Product Manufacturers Association conference in California, where I spoke earlier this month.

The JPMA represents companies that serve the prenatal to toddler phase […]

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This blog post is adapted from an essay written by Michael Mansfield, curator of film and media arts, to accompany the exhibition, Watch This! Revelations in Media Art, opening April 24 and running through September 7.


In 1964, Marshall McLuhan wrote that artists were the only people able to […]

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Gadgets and Gizmos All Around

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Gadgets and gizmos all around, but when is a watch a timepiece? Consider the Apple announcements. How prophetic was the Little Mermaid who said “You want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty!” Now think about Maxwell Smart’s shoe phone. Somehow the new Apple Smartwatch reminds me of gadgets that were so […]

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There is a survey echo in here.  Rant on.

In listening to a presentation yesterday, I was struck by the similarity of the content between what older adults want from technology (now), what an older version of responders told the Linkage Technology Survey of 2011, versus Healthy@Home 2008 versus…pick a survey, any survey.

2013 was a year in which issues percolated all around the world of older adults – health insurance and Medicare media interest dominated, but senior housing also made the newscaregiving received some exposure, and new tech to mitigatehearing and vision loss emerged. In terms of trends that could, would, and should impact the […]

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Here is a recap from the companies’ recent incoming missives. All information, is, minus a drop or two of hyperbole, from the vendor websites and releases:

Ambio Remote Health Monitoring System announced. 

Announced at the Consumer Electronics Show , the system monitors weight, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels, and was built from the ground […]

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True to the way technology is ever-expanding, it was only a matter of time before robotics made their way into the everyday lives of people, particularly seniors.

Robotics has become extraordinarily common in many arenas, such as medical surgery and manufacturing.  Oddly, there seems to be no one, accepted definition of “robot.” This could be […]

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Those of us with failing eyesight who do not know the QWERTY keyboard layout and must look at the keys to use a computer have increasing difficulty both producing and reading documents and emails. I have an extra-sized monitor to enlarge existing text, but it is the keyboard that presents the most […]

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The product user interface of today can madden the seniors of tomorrow.

I am looking at the console of a Volvo right now. Mulling over the SOURCE/Push Scan knob — turn it to switch from FM to AM, PUSH it to SCAN the channels, PUSH again to stop scanning. This is an […]

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