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Ambient Intelligence Helps Support Aging Seniors

Ambient intelligence- a technology that exists at the crossroads of AI and the internet of things (IoT)- is making major strides in enabling seniors to live safer and more independent lives. A feature article in Venture Beat recently described some of the ways, ranging from companion robots to medication compliance solutions, that this technology is being used to improve senior health and quality of life. Here are some of the highlights:

Neura’s technology learns users’ habits and prompts IoT products, such as wearables, to give users actionable reminders about taking pills or checking their blood sugar levels… Neura’s technology adapts to its users’ routines and integrates with complementary devices in hopes of helping improve patient adherence to orders from health care providers.

Similarly, Intel offers a full-scale IoT pharmaceutical solution called the Onyx Digital Pharmacy. It combines wearable devices, patient education kiosks, and telemedicine to reduce hospital readmission rates for seniors and other demographic groups…

The LifePod is touted as the world’s first voice-controlled virtual caregiver. Developers modeled the device after Alexa so that it is able to respond to conversational commands. The device also uses AI and machine learning to give insights into a user’s condition, daily activities, and behavioral trends. Upcoming versions of LifePod will also include sensors and voice triggers that notify outside parties if a user falls…

ElliQ is an intelligent robot that seeks to ease loneliness. The bot’s head bobs in response to human interactions, and its body includes a touchscreen tablet that connects users to the internet. When ElliQ notices a person hasn’t reached targeted goals, it recommends a personalized activity, like taking a walk. ElliQ also plays tunes to help seniors listen to music throughout the day.

The article also argues that AI-based smart devices developed for other uses could also provide safety monitoring solutions that allow seniors to safely live independently for a longer time.

Ambient intelligence can work in ways that are largely non-intrusive by only intervening if something’s wrong. Some can also provide audio feedback that could help with memory loss.

In other words, while some IoT and AI-powered devices primarily perform monitoring functions, those based on ambient intelligence take on supportive roles. The gadgets align with an aging adult’s desire to live freely and offer them the ability to exercise power over the choices they make. When necessary, devices that work with ambient intelligence can notify caregivers or emergency services personnel to help users avoid dangerous or even fatal consequences.

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