Yves Behar unveils friendly robot that helps aging adults stay connected to the world

January 13, 2017 by  
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A new startup called Intuition Robotics just unveiled their stealth product: ElliQ, an AI robot companion created to help aging adults stay active and engaged. Designed by Yves Behar and fuseproject , the robot helps senior citizens stay connected to the world through video chat, online games, and social media – so they can interact with far-away friends and family – and it also encourages them to stay active and reminds them to take medications. The ElliQ is designed to help people who struggle with loneliness and have a difficult time operating digital technology by themselves. Research has shown that, for seniors, feelings of isolation are linked to declines in physical and mental health, so it’s incredibly important for those who live alone to have a companion to help monitor their health. They frequently have problems understanding modern technology, which can be a major barrier when it comes to keeping in touch with friends and family. ElliQ is designed to overcome those challenges and keep seniors at high risk connected with the world around them. Related: Retirement home in China emphasizes communal living in a natural setting Designer Yves Behar deliberately departed from traditional concepts of what a robot “should” look like, in order to make ElliQ more welcoming and comforting to interact with. The result is a device that looks like something that might step out of a Pixar movie: it’s has friendly, soft, rounded shapes that allow it to convey a sense of emotion through simple gestures and an LED lighting display. The robot’s friendly and approachable appearance should make it a welcome addition in any home. If you’d like to see the ElliQ, the robot is currently on display at the Design Museum in London, as part of its “ New Old: Designing For Our Future Selves ” exhibition. Starting in February 2017, Intuition Robotics plans to start a trial by placing it in the homes of older adults in the Bay Area. + Intuition Robotics Images via Intuition Robotics

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IKEA introduces Sladda, a chainless bike built for urban mobility

January 13, 2017 by  
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The next time you walk into an IKEA store , you might just be able to leave with a new bicycle. While it may seem to be a strange direction for a furniture company to take, the expansion into transportation connects with the company’s larger vision of sustainability . With more and more people moving to dense urban areas, car ownership is becoming increasingly impractical for many. As part of its push toward sustainability and elegant, everyday solutions, IKEA has designed an innovative new chainless bike that can be adapted for just about any need.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

March 26, 2015 by  
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By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are  aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Elderly citizens  have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city planners are realizing that actions will need to be taken to meet those needs. Senior -friendly architecture, access to specialized health care , volunteer opportunities, safe transportation, and supportive communities will be huge priorities for an aged-majority population, and many cities around the world are taking note and putting plans into action. Check out the full infographic after the jump to learn more about age-friendly cities. How would your own city measure up? Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Age-friendly city , aged population , aging , aging population , city living for elderly , city living for seniors , Elderly , elderly citizens , elderly friendly city , elderly population , elders , infographic , infographics , safe transportation , senior citizens , senior population , senior residents , seniors , volunteer opportunities

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