The Consumer Electronics Show (more famously known as CES) is one of the world’s biggest tech showcase events where all the industry giants gather around to show off the upcoming year’s trending new gadgets and innovations. CES 2017 launched on 5 January, and during its 3 day span it managed to bewilder the audience with technological marvels. This year’s buzzwords were virtual reality, 5G, artificial intelligence and sleep tech. “But what do these hold for the elderly?” you may ask. Well, little do they know, some of the crazy new inventions will make it the top of every senior’s gift wish list.
Useful Invention for Elderly Everyday Use
Admittedly, the aging demographic aren’t the main audience of the show – we are sure no elderly will be excited upon hearing about vibrating jeans shorts or virtual reality shoes – but there are some gizmos that would catch the attention of even the grumpiest retiree. For example, the French company Nov'in just introduced its Smartcane! Other than sporting a stylish yet sophisticated design, this cane is fitted with the latest smart technology, allowing it to detect when the user suddenly falls. But that’s not all, since it relies on the cellular network to send out text or email notifications to family members or caregivers. Think about it as an extra help button that doubles as a stylish walking stick.
The crazy new stuff doesn’t stop here though, as CES 2017 has some other aces up its sleeve. Take the hair-growth helmet for example, a funny joke in the 90s sci-fi movies now fully realized and developed by Apira Science. The iGrow helmet is said to be capable of stimulating hair growth by beaming it with a combination of lasers and red LED lights.
Gift Ideas for a Senior’s Wish List
Most seniors might be too afraid to go out and purchase one of these inventions on their own. However, their tech-savvy relatives might find them perfect presents for a milestone birthday or next Christmas. Let us give you some ideas from the list! The Sleep Number 360 is an intelligent bed that is made to constantly adjust the user’s position to enhance their sleep. It has extra features such as feet warmers, or a gentle notification when snoring. Then there is LG’s Levitating Speaker, which utilizes powerful electromagnetics to keep the speaker head floating. The batteries are able to keep the unit suspended up to 10 hours, and after that it descends to the charger to power up. No manual adjustment is required. The speaker is more of an amusement for elderly, who may spend hours just delectating themselves in this marvel.
Last but not least, there is the Smarter Fridge Cam, which sits quietly in any fridge (it can be applied to the inside of the door as well), taking snapshots of its contents. It’s also capable of scanning the barcodes and keeping track of expiry dates. This is a perfect way to check whether or not your beloved elderly is eating healthy food on a regular basis.
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