Behold the persistence of PERS (Personal Emergency Response System). Like the little engine that could, this product category refuses to exit. Also called Medical Alarms, Medical Alerts and panic buttons, it is most recognizable as the fear-mongering "I've fallen and I can't get up" device. PERS has been around for decades, but has seen relatively little innovation over most of that time. Actually it's worse, when you think about it.
So much iHoopla about the iPad. But as the famous saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity and folks at Apple must be having a great time with this. The geeks have weighed in, plenty of snippy negative commentary has been spewed about the Apple iPad (including lots of sophomoric humor about the product name). I particularly enjoyed the whining on the Motley Fool site -- called "Fool Analysts Debate the iPad" which so easily could have been renamed 'Analyst Fools Debate the iPad".
Possibly the best thing you will be doing this year is helping your seniors to see again.
Which one of your senses do you value the most? For most of us it is sight. What proportion of residents in elderly care facilities do you think have unnecessary visual impairments or blindness?
You may not know where you're going, but with a global positioning system (GPS) device installed in your car you never have to worry about getting lost. You can drive around a new town as if you were a lifelong resident.
When it comes to technology, radio is hardly the new kid on the block. Most adults have been listening to radio their entire lives, and many of us remember the Golden Age of Radio. Back then, families would gather around the radio set and listen to the Glenn Miller Orchestra playing live from the Hotel Pennsylvania or to such classic shows as Dragnet and Fibber McGee and Molly.