The First Cheap 3D Printed Food Is Delicious Nursing Home Mush

Go to the cafeteria of a nursing home and you'll see elderly residents noshing on pureed food. It's necessary for patients for whom chewing is difficult, but it's not very palatable. A German company is seeking to change that by making 3D-printed, easy-to-chew food that actually tastes good. » 5/30/14 11:00am 5/30/14 11:00am

8 Simple Products Designed To Make Aging a Little Easier

The world is aging. By 2030, nearly 20 percent of Americans will be over 65. By 2050, about a third of China will be over 60. The same goes for many other developed countries. Yet we don't spend nearly enough time thinking about how to make life easier for the elderly—despite the fact that all of us, if we're lucky,… » 5/12/14 9:02am 5/12/14 9:02am

Old People Smell, Confirms Science

The results of a study conducted by Johan Lundström and several of his colleagues at the Monell Chemical Senses Center indicate the "old person smell" is, in fact, a distinct and distinctly identifiable odor. » 5/30/12 10:40pm 5/30/12 10:40pm

Old People Line Up To Clean Radiation in Japan

Talk about a sacrifice that will warm your heart. A group of older Japanese folks are asking for permission to clean up the contaminated nuclear power station in Fukushima. » 5/31/11 10:00pm 5/31/11 10:00pm

The World's Smallest Trailer Can Be Pulled By a Scooter

The QTvan is the perfect trailer for those who ride mobility scooters. Okay fine, those who ride electric scooters probably don't need a trailer but what if I told you the trailer fit a full size bed, 19-inch TV, a mini mini bar and follows you wherever you go? Yeah, I'd be sold too. » 4/27/11 8:00pm 4/27/11 8:00pm

A Checkerboard Home For the Elderly

Designed by the architecture firm Aires Mateus in Alcácer do Sal, Portugal, this has got to be one of the coolest looking places you could ever hope your grandparents would live. I just visited my grandma in Florida, and while her condo is perfectly nice, it's not exactly drool-worthy architecture. » 4/04/11 10:00am 4/04/11 10:00am

Buddy Radio Lets Your Grandma Broadcast Her Feelings to Twitter and…

How does Grandma stay connected to you? Buddy Radio hopes to help the elderly by giving them an old school gadget—a basic radio—that combines new school technology—social networks—so they can broadcast their mood and ask for help. » 5/26/10 7:20pm 5/26/10 7:20pm

Old Person Hovercrafts Are the Wave of the Future

Here's something we can all get behind: levitating chairs for the elderly that scoot around like bumper cars. There is no way this can go badly. » 2/23/10 4:40pm 2/23/10 4:40pm

The Apple iPad Is For Old People

The guys at Ultimi Barbarorum came up with an idea—an idea we were tossing around after the event yesterday, and even talked about a little last night—and put it into words. The iPad is for old people. » 1/28/10 5:20pm 1/28/10 5:20pm

Tiny Telescopes Help the Blind See Again

The bionic eye's inexorable advance continued this weekend, as doctors reported they were able to implant tiny telescopes (telescopes!) into the eyes of patients suffering from macular degeneration. » 7/20/09 1:40am 7/20/09 1:40am

Elderly Woman Rams Cellphone Store, Palm Pre Connection Questionable

Although the NBC Chicago News credits the elderly woman for being slightly too eager to get the Palm Pre, there doesn't seem to be any actual evidence that she actually wants a Pre. Nice try Chicago. [NBC Chicago via Palmpre.org] » 6/05/09 9:27pm 6/05/09 9:27pm

How It Feels To Walk With Honda's Cyborg Legs

Few geeks haven't dreamt of one day taking on cyborg enhancements—me included. And today I did, thanks to two of Honda's wearable Asimo-inspired Walk Assist devices. This is how it felt. » 4/14/09 7:25pm 4/14/09 7:25pm

Robots Will Be Taking Care of Your Grandma in Five Years

The Japanese government is planning to put robots to practical use in Japanese households in as soon as five years, and has already begun formulating the political agencies needed to oversee robot safety standards. » 3/26/09 1:30am 3/26/09 1:30am

Roll n' Pour: A Rocking Chair For Your Gallon Jugs

If you came here looking for rocking chairs for your gigantic boobs, sorry to disappoint. This gadget "takes the worry out of pouring liquids from gallon jugs, half-gallon jugs and 2-liter bottles." » 2/25/09 1:00pm 2/25/09 1:00pm

Mamoru-Kun Finds Misplaced Glasses and Slippers, I No Longer Fear…

I no longer fear getting old now that researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed Mamoru-Kun—a robot that helps elderly people find lost objects and remember to take their medication. » 12/04/08 3:40pm 12/04/08 3:40pm

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… » 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