10 Hot Home Automation Trends

10 Hot Home Automation Trends The latest buzz when it comes to managing and controlling your home. by Lisa Montgomery, from Electronic House, November 11, 2010 Home automation, or home control as it’s also called, is constantly changing. And like most technologies, it improves with age. It gets smarter, less expensive and easier to use each year. We’d be remiss Read More …

What’s new in Smart Home technology?

By Alex Lane (original article: What is a Smart Home? Samsung’s NaviBot S can clean the low places) The original Smart Home device has to be the Teasmade, and the textbooks say that a smart home is one that uses home networking technology and your internet connection to automate and simplify everyday living. It’s the use of networking and broadband connections Read More …

UPnP Forum wants TVs to make you Healthier

Staying Well Connected: UPnP Forum Targets Health and Fitness Networking It’s True — TV Can Now Make You Healthier and May Lower Your Energy-Bills BEAVERTON, OR–(Marketwire – Nov 15, 2011) – Leading global home networking standards group, UPnP Forum, has announced the formation of an E-Health and Sensors (EHS) Working Committee. The new body intends to address consumer-electronic (CE) industry Read More …

Apple and The Future of Homebuilding

Can Apple influence the future of homebuilding?  I’ve long been critical of SmartHome marketing hype, and I’ve not been a fan of using speech commands to control home devices, but a Forbes article last week got me thinking and inspired today’s posting. (See Here’s How Apple’s Siri Will Control Your House Under HomeKit Program.) Apple Understands Accessibility Homebuilders can learn Read More …

Social and Economic Trends that affect Home Networks

What is driving and enabling the Networked Home? I wrote this article back in 2001 with a look 10-15 years into the future, just half way through a typical home mortgage. I republish it here, because it’s still relevant today and applicable to home healthcare and the aging-in-home market. [2011 updates are added in italics.] Homebuyers often ask this question Read More …

20-20 Vision of Digital Life in 2025

Pew Research Center recently published its vision of Digital Life in 2025, based on predictions from over 1,000 experts who generally said the Internet would become “like electricity” – more deeply embedded in our lives but less visible. Before I present the top 15 themes from the Pew report, here’s my own Back to the Future vision of technology and and its Read More …

eHealth Radio interviews Modern Health Talk founder

eHealth Radio host Eric Michaels recently interviewed Modern Health Talk founder Wayne Caswell, and we thank him for letting us share our story with his audience. You can listen to the recorded podcast below, visit ApexRx.com for related radio programs, or read Wayne’s program notes below. Wayne Caswell discusses and answers the following: What is Modern Health Talk, and what Read More …

A History of Tech Innovation — Were You There?

My story As a retired 30-year IBMer, I dedicate this article to IBM’s 100th anniversary with a video posted at the end as a way to reflect on past innovations and envision and hopefully inspire new innovations in important areas such as health care. Here’s my story, which has influenced my perspective and interest in finding healthcare solutions. Please share your own Read More …

Verizon, Healthsense Bring Solutions to Assisted Living

Alliance Will Promote Cost-Effective Monitoring and Response Systems NEW YORK (4/27/2011) – Verizon and Healthsense will help bring cost-effective wellness and health monitoring services to planned senior-living communities, under an agreement announced today. [mHealthTalk editor: Healthsense also provides solutions for home healthcare.] The new services will be offered to senior or assisted-living housing developments utilizing Verizon’s advanced FiOS all-fiber-optic network. Read More …

e-Health Opportunities for Service Providers

Story contributed by guest author, Harry Wang, Parks Associates An aging population with rising incidence of chronic conditions is a threat to the global healthcare system. Each month, the world’s elderly population increases by 795,000. In countries such as Japan, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Spain, the elderly outnumber the children. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, Read More …

Interoperability in a Connected World

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Interoperability in a Connected World was first published in CABA iHomes and Buildings. By Lee Gruenfeld, Autumn 2016 “Can’t we all just get along?” The answer to that question about interoperability in a connected world is unfortunately, “No.” Sorry. Wish I had better news. But there are some very good reasons why the ideal of everything Read More …

Apple iCloud has implications for home health care

I amended this post with new information shown in red. On June 6, at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco, CEO Steve Jobs introduced iCloud, a new service that addresses a growing problem of keeping our devices in sync, especially since they now each have the ability to create and store data, images, music, and video. iCloud stores Read More …

Moore’s Law and The FUTURE of Healthcare

By Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk This article examines a future driven by Moore’s Law and the trend of circuits and components getting smaller, faster and cheaper exponentially over time and the eventual blending of science and technology (INFO + BIO + NANO + NEURO). I approach this topic from the unique perspective of an IBM technologist, market Read More …

Digital Health at CES 2016

EDITOR:  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest trade shows and conferences in the world, with well over 150,000 attendees, including more than 30,000 international attendees from 140 countries. Each January they come to Las Vegas, NV to see the latest tech products from over 3,000 exhibitors or showcase their own. Nowhere else on earth can you see and experience so much in Read More …

An iPad for All Ages

No computer skills required … and now no computer either     Everyone says the Apple iPad is intuitive, easy to learn, and easy to use. It almost seems tailored to toddlers and seductive to seniors. Grandparents and great grandparents with no prior computer experience can reconnect with family and make new friends online with email, social media, and video Read More …

Smart Toilets, a royal flush for Home Healthcare?

Passive devices like wireless motion sensors and Nike+ sensors in running shoes are great ways to monitor activity and progress, but what about your chemical makeup? Toilets, it seems, are ideal places to check bodily fluids automatically and on a regular basis. A Huffington Post article about Kohler’s smart toilet caused me to write this with my own twist and Read More …

mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health? That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This Read More …

A Consumer Electronics Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year in 2012. As for me, I can hardly imagine a better one, filled with family… and electronics. Our son visited for 3 days with his pretty wife and our 7 month old granddaughter. What a treat. It ended too soon, and Yvonne and I Read More …

Seniors Learn to Use & Appreciate iPad

The iPad may be the Ultimate in universal design. If cats can play games especially designed for them, and infants use iPads for play and as a learning tools, then surely seniors at any age can use this cool device for everything from emailing their children and grandchildren, downloading books and music and recipes, researching old haunts and finding out Read More …

Wireless Networks and Electromagnetic Radiation

RESONANCE is eye-opening documentary, revealing the biological harm from wireless networks and electromagnetic radiation. The entire documentary is included here with some added comments. Most troubling to me are the long-term effects of electromagnetic radiation on cellular structures, cancer, and Melatonin, an important antioxidant and sleep-inducing hormone.