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Start ups at CES have shown that older technology can help

Older tech startups at this year’s CES showed off the potential breadth of the sector. If technology can help an older person to live a more comfortable life, it can also help many others. After all, the usefulness of things like mobility aids, health monitoring platforms and long - term financial planning is not limited to older people.

Yesterday, I covered the startups at the groundbreaking AARP Innovation Labs show, which ran the gamut from a financial literacy platform to the D2C startup industry creating products to tackle menopause.

Some other TechCrunch covers from this week included Labrador Systems' Retriever, a robotic card with a retractable tray system, optional shelves and fridges. Capable of carrying up to 25 pounds, Retriever helps people with limited mobility, and can deliver payloads such as laundry, food and other items around a house. It can be controlled by voice through Alexa (startups are supported by the Amazon Alexa Fund).

Sengled came out with a sleek bulb that was able to take health readings, including heart rate, temperature and sleep detection through radar detection. While smart scanners aren't a new idea, Sengled's light bulb is particularly invisible. As our hardware editor Brian Heater put it, "some potentially useful applications for elder care, including fall detection, could."

More tech giants are getting into the home health monitoring game, LG among them, which has announced that all of their 2021 and 2022 smart TVs will come with the Independa remote health platform app installed. This means that people will be able to use their LG TVs to have telemedicine meetings and access a pharmacy benefit plan.

Launch of medical devices Eargo has launched its latest audio aid, the Eargo 6. New features include Sound Adjust, a proprietary algorithm that automatically changes its settings so that users do not have to change them with hand and clarify speech in acoustic environments. It also includes Mask-Mode, an environment balance that can be selected through the Eargo app so users can hear people with a mask on them more clearly.

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Sensorscall unveiled an update to its CareAlert remote monitoring app, which integrates with Apple Watch, Fitbit and other health tracking devices. Its new well-being dashboard allows family members and other caregivers to see trends in daily routines, sleep patterns, hygiene and kitchen use. CareAlert was created by older people who are getting older instead (or still living at home, often in addition to another family).

BOCCO emo robot. Image Credit: Yukai Engineering

BOCCO emo is one of the newest robots created for nursing homes. Developed by Yukai Engineering, maker of Qoobo robotic pillow, Bocco emo is small enough to sit on board and connect to medical IoT devices, monitor patient urgency and alert nurses to patient condition. If a patient needs help, BOCCO emo "talks" to them until a nurse arrives. It can also be used to update families about a patient's condition. BOCCO emo has already gone through a testing program in Japan and is currently being used in the country's hospitals. The small robot uses "emo language," which Yukai Engineering says, which means it can understand a user's speeches and emotions and respond accordingly with "sound effects, facial expressions and movements. ”

Startups that help enable independent living through the use of IoT sensors included Nodeus Solutions' KoKoon, a network of small IoT sensors connected to a mobile app for carers and family members. Its algorithms learn a person's habits, and tell caregivers if there is any change in behavior.

Other startup companies that use a combination of IoT sensors, AI-based technology and mobile apps include Caregiver Smart Solutions, Unaide and Smart Macadam.

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