Future ( aarp The Magazine)
In Japan, a robot suit, called the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL hybrid prosthesis for upper and lower limbs), uses sensors to read the nerve signals and indicate how to move the suit, thus assisting people whose members are weakened or disabled.
In the U.S., a mattress made by a team from the University of Virginia checks the heart rate, breathing and sleep quality, and sends the data to professional health distant.
It will incorporate more technology related to aging in almost all aspects of people's daily life, which will change the experience of living the elderly, both in homes and in neighborhoods, Majd Alwan predicts, vice president of Center for Aging Services Technologies (Technology Center for Aging Services).
This new technology comes at a time of conflicting trends. On the one hand, an aging U.S. (the last litter of baby-boomers (in English) turns 65, and one in five Americans will be 65 or more in 2029), which will trigger the costs of care health , and secondly, a growing shortage of professional caregivers and the continued desire of older adults to live in their homes.
"All studies show that people want to age in place," says Jeffrey Rosenfeld, a gerontologist at the University of Hofstra, for older people. "Today, people are deploying technologies that will serve them in the future to them."
The products that are being created and will provide safer activities older Americans. The idea is to help keep people active in their neighborhoods, said Rosenfeld, co-author of Home Design in an Aging World (Home design in an aging world).
It is likely that households adapted for seniors incorporate robotics, mechanical assistants moving around the home as a Roomba vacuum-smarter-much improved and more useful. Work in combination with the "smart home" or home automation, wired sensory part of the home itself, such as the home "know" whether the occupants are inside or outside.
"We will enter an era of residential technologies and smart homes," says Rosenfeld.
Imagine a typical day of 2035. While you sleep, the mattress full of sensors monitors your vital signs to detect irregularities. An electronic box attached stores monthly data and informs you and your doctor in case of abnormalities. In the morning, your pill dispenser similar to a smartphone reminds you to take your medicine and, at the right time, alert your doctor to renew the prescription. The refrigerator tells the milk expire in three days, and offers suggestions for breakfast in order to maintain healthy cholesterol.
Spaces will also be adapted neighborhood. The workout machines recommend exercises based on your needs and physical limitations. In the supermarket, the shelves rotate to not have to stretch or bend in dangerous position uncomfortable. Much of this is made possible by a custom chip radio frequency stored in a driver card basic information, finance and health. Alwan said that there may come a day when this chip is inserted in the thumbs of people.
This is the future according to Microsoft ...
A tactile world, connected to the Internet and in real time.
So would life in ten years