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 …

The Internet of Things: Prediction

Le Web Paris (see video) explores a future of technology that connects everyday devices all the time, often described as The Internet of Things. This story and video from Reuters and the Huffington Post form the basis of my own observations and developer recommendations as a 30-year IBM technologist, futurist and Digital Home consultant. Included at the end are four Read More …

Caretakers harness the Internet of Things

What Caretakers Can Do RIGHT NOW to Harness the Power of the Internet of Things By Beth Kelly Social technology and home automation have moved upstream. According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, nearly one-third of seniors own a tablet or e-book reader. Almost 50 percent of seniors own high-speed Internet access and browse the Web Read More …

What’s holding up the Internet of Things?

Brian Profit wrote a good article about technology embedded in ordinary objects and how they are being connected in ways the industry calls “The Internet of Things.” Since I introduced IBM to the connected home market in the early 1990s and ran a Digital Home consulting firm after retiring, I felt compelled to share my perspective in a comment to Read More …

Improving the Internet of Things

Article summary and Modern Health Talk response about improving the Internet of Things (IoT). I responded to a TechRadar article on The Internet of Things is nothing to fear, which explored the privacy fears when sensors sprinkled around our homes and communities monitor our every moves, and our health. The purpose of this article is to not to downplay those privacy 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 …

Home Automation Shows Promise for Seniors, but HomeKit Isn’t the Answer – Yet

By Beth Kelly Home automation has been a mixed blessing for senior citizens and those who provide their care. Individual assistive technologies and comprehensive smart home “ecosystems” are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and they’re more capable than ever of understanding older user’s needs and capabilities. The development of comprehensive home technology platforms – such as Apple’s HomeKit and Google’s Home – has Read More …

Digital Health at CES … and other highlights

The Latest and Greatest in Digital Health from CES 2015 By Beth Kelly The 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, Nevada from January, 6-9th. It’s the largest expo of its kind. Every year, the event attracts an audience of approximately 150,000 people. Although there were many exciting displays across several different industries, the most exciting 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 …

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 …

Be Secure Again with Home Security and Automation

Secure Again — Elliot Caleira’s Story I thought I heard something moving outside. Grover, my dog, makes noises out there often because he loves hunting squirrels and running through bushes. But this sound was more subtle and disturbing. I called out to Grover, and he came running, but the noise continued. At the time, I didn’t have a security system and Read More …

When NOT to buy a Smartphone

I do love smartphones and tablets (especially the Apple iPhone & iPad). They’re like having a powerful computer in your pocket and support all sorts of mHealth (mobile health) apps, but I have to admit they aren’t for everyone. As I read through the 13 articles about “Advancing the mHealth Ecosystem,” I remembered today’s conversation with a dear friend that Read More …

MiniTrends affecting Telehealth

Overlapping MiniTrends affecting Telehealth include health reform, the Internet of Things, speech recognition & synthesis, and real-time language translation. I’ve written a lot here about health reform, telehealth, medical tourism, the Internet of Things, and the overlap of healthcare MiniTrends, but today I saw a video that evolves my thinking further. It’s about Microsoft’s Skype and their newest Skype Translator Preview. The Skype Translator 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 …

Blood Pressure Monitor for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Withings Announces US Availability of its Connected Blood Pressure Monitor for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch Withings combines sophisticated technology and design to transform an ordinary blood pressure monitor into an accurate health self-monitoring device Paris, France – June 20, 2011 @ 9:00 AM EST– Today, French technology company Withings announced the US availability of its Blood Pressure Monitor (BPM) Read More …

Apple to enter Home Automation market?

Apple, Home Automation & Smart Aging by Stealth guest article by Joseph F Coughlin, Director of the MIT AgeLab The word on the street is that Apple is set to announce a major foray into home automation next week at its annual developers conference. As noted by other analysts, Apple’s move into the home coincides with similar investments made by Read More …

The Elusive Smart Home

With the annual Consumer Electronics Show starting next week, the news media is filled with marketing hype about the elusive Smart Home market, which is nearly as misdirected today as it was in 1957. Watch this video of the RCA-Whirlpool® Miracle Kitchen and ask how many of those products you can buy today. Whirlpool was wrong 58 years ago when it introduced Read More …

Why should I Tweet or even Read Tweets

Why should I tweet or even read what other people tweet? By Janice Friesen I am regularly asked why anyone would use Twitter. This is because I work mostly with people aged 40-80 who have not used technology much. I always try to respond with my own experience. Sometimes I have used it and sometimes I ignore it for months. Read More …

The role of Standards in Telehealth

New market research on the convergence of telemedicine and mHealth suggests that “telemedicine now delivered on proprietary devices is becoming obsolete,” and I agree. I first wrote about the role of standards in telehealth two years ago in an article on Video Conferencing for Home Healthcare and have written several articles on the topic of standards since then, including The Read More …

What Quadriplegics can do with an iPhone or iPad

EDITOR: 9 Surprising Things Quadriplegics can do with an iPhone or iPad, by Mauricio Meza, is republished here with permission. It shows how Tecla gives iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android access to people with spinal cord, brain, or muscular disorders or anyone else who can’t use a touch-screen, including quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis (MS), ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injury, and stroke.