Palm Pistol: Grandma is Going On a Toodle Shootin' Rampage

Thanks to the Second Amendment, even the elderly have the right to keep and bear arms. The problem is that many of the guns out there are a bit unwieldy for an older person to handle. However, the inventors of the Palm Pistol are planning to change all that with a weapon that is ideal for both the elderly and the… » 10/27/08 10:45am 10/27/08 10:45am

Elderly Airbag Turns Old People into Superballs

The large elderly population in Japan has manufacturers clamoring to develop devices to assist them. Not surprisingly, they are coming up with some pretty unique ideas. Take this human airbag, for instance. The airbag system is strapped onto the body and inflates in 0.1 seconds when it detects rapid movement toward the … » 9/24/08 7:40pm 9/24/08 7:40pm

Five Axis Mechanical Core Muscle Trainer Is Wild Bull Riding Fun for…

It turns out the wet t-shirt-wearing girls riding those mechanical bulls at the local bar were actually exercising. No lie, as you can see with this Five Axis Core Muscle Trainer, ripped from the everlasting kitsch-ridden pages of Hammacher Schlemmer. The saddle tilts left and right, up and down, and throws in a few… » 7/27/08 1:30pm 7/27/08 1:30pm

iShoe Prototype Assists Wobbly Elderly Folk and Astronauts Alike

Forget the opportunistic naming conventions for a moment, and focus on the tech and potential of the iShoe. Designed Erez Lieberman, a graduate student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the iShoe could one day help doctors and NASA scientists detect balance problems before a fall occurs.… » 7/20/08 9:23am 7/20/08 9:23am

Jive is Hardware-Based System to Get Grandpa Social-Networking

I thought silver-surfers were one of the fastest rising 'netted sectors of society, but designer Ben Arent thinks there are technophobic grandparents who could do with a helping hand. His Jive system integrates hardware-based social networking gizmos with a simple router to make everything a bit simpler. The idea is… » 5/20/08 11:00am 5/20/08 11:00am

StairSteady Helps the Elderly Climb Stairs on Shaky Legs

Ruth Amos, an 18-year-old student from the UK, has come up with a simple and ingenious device for helping the elderly hobble their way up stairs with as little chance of hip-breakage as possible. Dubbed the StairSteady, it's essentially a bar that one can hold onto as they walk up the stairs, moving up or down with… » 5/14/08 12:10pm 5/14/08 12:10pm

ClarityLife Phone: Good For Me and My Momma

If you're like me, you worry about your momma, even if you're just runnin' out to the grocery store. I used to like the Jitterbug, but ClarityLife phone might be what I should get her. It's got a big screen cuz her eyes aren't so good anymore, and it's got an amplifier that brings incoming voices up by 20 dB, cuz her… » 4/01/08 1:20pm 4/01/08 1:20pm