Report Suggests a Screener for Technologies that Might Benefit Ageing Adults

The real challenge isn’t developing useful products for older consumers, it’s getting people to adopt them.

This comes from a report published in the2014-03-24_16-11-16 latest issue of Public Policy & Ageing Report. Author of the report, Joseph Coughlin, director of MIT’s AgeLab, “Few consumer-facing inventions have made it out of the laboratory and into the living rooms of older adults and family caregivers.”

According to this article in Motherboard the missing piece in the puzzle here are¬†people who are experts in both technology and ageing that can help smooth the adoption process. Investors are keen on getting into the space, but want this sort of professional expert that can usher in a new product, make it scale, and make sure it’s sustainable, the report states.

The report gives a few examples, like the much-buzzed Internet of Things and emerging smart-home, or the arrival of¬†autonomous vehicles. They have a lot of potential to help elderly citizens be self-sufficient, active, and mobile. But who is going to make sure they’re being optimized for the ageing population, or used safely?

Our Age-Friendly Audit tool aims to bridge the ambitions of designers with the needs of older people based on their physical restrictions.