Can Specially Stitched Socks Stop Shuffling Seniors From Stumbling?

It's a bold claim, but a Japanese company called Terumo claims to have developed a special type of sock that can stop shuffling seniors from tripping over low obstacles like rugs or the edge of carpets. The secret is a custom sewing technique that causes the wearer to feel an upward pull on the front of their feet,… » 9/10/13 5:40pm 9/10/13 5:40pm

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

'Help Lock' Doorknob Protects Olds From Bathroom Peril

Sometimes, old people fall and they can't get up. It's a fact! Designer Haishan Deng has proposed a simple, timed bathroom doorknob for folks who are prone to such accidents, living alone, or clumsy. » 12/30/08 7:41am 12/30/08 7:41am

PDA/Tablet Concept Babysits Old People

Hey, old people have technological needs too. Or so this concept would have us believe. The idea behind this tablet/pda-ish device is that it uses RFID tracking technology toremind the elderly when to take their meds, when food in the refrigerator goes bad, and what to get at the store to meet nutritional… » 2/16/08 8:00pm 2/16/08 8:00pm

Raku-Raku Phone Helps Seniors Communicate Even Slower

With Japan's population getting ever older, inventions like tea serving, dish-washing robots and voice-processing cellphones are becoming a reality. Since we already covered the robots, let's focus on NTT DoCoMo's Raku-Raku phone. This senior friendly device offers a "slow voice" function, which slows down words for… » 3/06/07 7:45pm 3/06/07 7:45pm

Japan's Makes Maid Robot That Surprisingly Looks like Gundam, Not a…

If you imagined Japan's roboticists making a robot that pours tea and washes dishes, you'd imagine some kind of sexy maid with a short skirt and gigantic knockers. Well, you'd be wrong. The University of Tokyo went in the complete opposite direction and made a robot that looks like a Gundam. » 3/01/07 7:45pm 3/01/07 7:45pm

Assisted Living Communities Using RFID To Keep Track of Residents

Now here's a good idea for RFID. Trading privacy for security, seniors have been wearing badges embedded with an RFID tag. The tag constantly relays the location of the residents, which gives them more freedom to walk around since caregivers know exactly where they are at all times. Since many of the people living… » 6/02/06 7:30pm 6/02/06 7:30pm

Cell Phone designed for Senior Citizens

With all the emphasis on phones that are thinner and more feature-rich, Emporia is targeting a different demographic with the EmporiaLife handset. Think of it as the large-print Reader
s Digest version of the Razr. Big buttons and an easy to read LCD make it easy for someone with failing eyesight to operate the… » 3/13/06 2:47pm 3/13/06 2:47pm