CES is known as an event for innovative technology, usually geared towards early adopters, young adults who have grown up using tech almost all their lives, and even tech toys for kids. No matter where we look for information around the use of technology, the majority of stats focus on the younger demographics. Not anymore.
This year’s CES took a look at some of the coolest new innovations for senior citizens. Back in 2012, Pew Research Center conducted a survey that found 71 percent of those over the age of 65 go online daily, and 34 percent of them use social media. That’s pretty awesome. Think of how those numbers must be growing now five years later.
(We bet your grandma is on Facebook.)
It’s obvious that things like wearable health trackers, GPS, tablets, and virtual voice assistants would be positive additions to a senior’s home. They can monitor heart rate for health issues like AFib, find the nearest urgent care, order groceries, or speak with and see family members who are so far away.
“What an amazing world we live in! This morning I was able to see my Grandma in Ohio who is very sick via FaceTime. It may be the last time but I was able to be there with her all the way from Hawaii!” said Jessica, busy mom of two, and military wife stationed many states and an ocean away from her family.
Pretty cool, right? So, this year when CES unveiled a few new tech pieces just for the aging crowd, we couldn’t let it go unnoticed. Here are some of cool things we found.
ReSound ENZO2 Hearing Aid
We talked about this in our The FamilyTech CES Awards and we couldn’t leave it out again. Yes, it’s a hearing aid, but it’s also compatible with Apple devices to stream music and boost volume for phone calls.
This is another wearable technology for people dealing with chronic pain. It connects to an app available on iOS and Android, and helps customize therapy, see insight into sleep, activity, and pain.
Virtual Assistants and Self-Driving Cars
These two are starting to work together and Ford unveiled their plans of putting Alexa into some of their smart cars. Their second phase of roll out will allow seniors the opportunity to navigate more easily while on the road. And, who knows? Maybe the near future will see a few self-driving cars that can help the visually impaired get to and from that much more easily.