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Can Robots Care for Humans?

A look at new work that is being done by workers at the Carnegie Mellon Universityin hopes of helping older people to live at home longer and better, with the help of robots. The bot currently in development, but not in production, is designed to help clean up and bring objects. It won't replace humans, but it could help add to their efforts. 

Robots: How Close is Too Close?

It looks like some people are willing to get really, really close to their robots. A new survey that was out by Huffington Post and YouGov, shows that a number of people who are going to have a robot would be wlling to have sex with it. The number is not that high yet, but the feelings on cheating are mixed.

What's The Least Expensive Way to Get A Smart Home?

A look at the least expensive way, for now, to start on your path to smart home. We will take a look both at the least expensive of the custom system options that are out there and how you might want to hookup with your wi-fi carrier in your area to get the best deal on the start to a smart house. Just be ready for some DIY steps if you do.

How Grandma Got Her Groove Back - Fujitsu's GPS Cane

Next time your aging loved ones want to get some fresh air or run some errands on their own, let them! Fujitsu's GPS Cane prototype provides older generations with easy-to-follow directions, health monitoring, and an important link to Next Generation technology. Oh yeah, it helps them walk too!

Lastest Eyewear Technology Now Available: Self-Adjusting Eye Glasses!

....Think about it. You read newspapers and hard-copy books at one distance, tablet and notebook computers at another distance, do crafts and hobbies at other distances.... And how far away do you have to hold food and personal care products these days to read the contents?

Generational Memes: YOLO vs YOOO, Tenacious Teens vs Obsolete Oldies

Millennials vs. Boomers cover both ends of the age spectrum. There's an X and a Y in between, but according to most authorities, a generation of folks is approximately 15 years apart, where they are defined by their own uniquely similar characteristics.

Japan's First Police Cat Rats Out Criminals

Beware the long paw of the law! Potential lawbreakers in Kyoto, Japan had better think twice before engaging in criminal acts because Iemon, Japan's first police cat, is on patrol... when he's not curled up asleep at the station, that is.

Google's Autonomous Car Gets Its License To Drive In Nevada

You can talk on your cell phone, even text, check your email, eat your lunch, tun-in your radio, change a CD.... You can even take in all of the distractions along the Strip in Las Vegas... if you hop a cab.  Or, you can take the Google autonomous car, currently a Toyota Prius, without a driver.

Anti-Psychotic Drugs Overused In Nursing Homes

....The Globe study found that more than one in five U.S. nursing homes are using anti-psychotic drugs for those suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other ailments associated with dementia - approximately 185,000 people who have not been diagnosed with a psychosis.

Japanese Robot Rings Redefine the Face Palm

A bizarre set of robotic rings developed by Japanese researchers puts the concept of wearable robots in – actually, “on” – the palm of your hand. Consisting of spherical, movable, electrically-powered eyes and mouth, the rings could someday enhance communication through non-verbal means.

Consumer Gadgets I Never Thought I'd See: Hearing Aid Vacuums!

No longer just in the realm of professional hearing aid dealers, I suppose, two new devices intended for hearing aid users guarantee to clean 'em out and improve the performance of your hearing aids at a more affordable cost than the professional models.  These two items intended for home hearing aid cleaning are both made by Serene: the Re-New Hearing Aid Dryer and Freshener and the Re-New Deluxe Hearing Aid Vacuum.

Give Your Dry Eyes Some Relief With Tear-Stimulating Goggles

Eyes don't tear as much as we age.  Add to that the dry weather, not enough sleep, a few too many cocktails, or dust and pollen allergies... and you've got dry eyes.  Now, there's a pair of ophthalmologist-recommended goggles that stimulate natural tear production again....

 

Good Lighting Is Key To Staying Active In Your Hobbies

Many persons give up their hobbies or even aspects of their work or chores as they age.  While arthritis in their fingers and hands may be one reason they don't build model cars or quilt any more, for most boomers and seniors, it's because of vision changes.  As we age, we tend to need more light and more magnification to see clearly and sometimes even our prescription lenses don't quite measure up to what we need for hobby work. 

 


World's Largest Bus Seats 300, Bends Like Beckham

The 25 meter (82 ft) long Youngman JNP6250G developed by Chinese manufacturer Zhejiang Youngman is the “world's largest” public bus and can carry up to 300 passengers. Don't expect to “bus da move” in luxury, however, as specs for the JNP6250G indicate it has just 40 seats... you do the math.

For-Profit Vs. Non-Profit: A Scary Study Of Nursing Homes

Those of you whose parents are at the age where a nursing home is being considered as an option for their care may just want to pay attention to the results of a recent study led by the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  It compares the staffing and quality of care at for-profit nursing homes with that of non-profit facilities.

Electronic Salinity Monitor Spoon Terminates Excessive Salt Intake

The ready-for-brine-time Salinity Monitor Spoon measures how salty your soup or sauce is and displays the results on its handle. The easy to use "Stir-minator" spoon could be a boon to elderly sufferers of high blood pressure whose sense of taste isn't as sensitive as it once was.

The Reading Finger Gives Barcode Information A Voice For Visually Impaired

It's so great to find innovations for disabled people on design websites, rather than buried in disability association files.  "Design" says the world is paying attention to disability needs, and it cares that the latest technologies are employed in the tools and that they look pretty cool too.  The Finger Reader is at least the second design for blind and visually impaired persons by Hansub Lee and it's a great accessibility creation for finding exactly what you want while shopping.

 

Japanese Robot Surfs the Web, Pour Drinks, Asks Whereabouts of Sarah Connor

A new robot developed by researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology can learn on its own, browse the Internet, and even pour drinks. "Bartender, I'll have a double shot of 10W30, shaken not stirred!"

Robotic Therapy Seal Comforts Japanese Earthquake Survivors

Paro, the therapeutic robot seal designed to soothe anxiety and relieve stress in the fashion of a living therapy dog, has been drafted for a new mission: comforting victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Pets Age With Dignity And Plenty Of Technology In Japan

Voluntary euthanasia is legal in Japan and surveys have shown that the majority of Japanese people support it, especially in terminal cases.  But the focus and originality of assistive treatments and therapy available for aged cats and dogs in Japan suggest that Japanese pet owners do not readily accept euthanasia for their furry family members.