From A Robotic Cat To Virtual Reality: How Tech Is Assisting Seniors And Caregivers

From A Robotic Cat To Virtual Reality: How Tech Is Assisting Seniors And Caregivers

Tue, 10/31/2017

In a story published on wbur.org, AgeLab Director Joe Coughlin speaks about the promise of new technologies to allow us to live longer and better in old age, mentioning robotics, smart home systems, and autonomous vehicles:

"There is a great deal of technology that is under development, from robots to things that buzz and beep and glow," Coughlin says. "...And the way that we age well is by thinking across systems."

Coughlin, the author of the forthcoming book, The Longevity Economy, adds that the transportation needs of seniors are a major stimulus to the development of the self-driving car, one of the most anticipated of the new technologies.

"The future that we all have hope for is the autonomous vehicle, the driverless car," he says. "And so rather than having to worry how to take the keys, if that's ever necessary, from mom and dad ... hopefully, none of us will have to drive, and maybe none of us will ever own a car."

Read the full story here.



 

 

 

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