Activ84Health Explorer, a stationary bike that connects older adults to the outside world, has won the €50,000 Smart Ageing Prize.
The opportunities created by an ageing population and the expansion of the silver economy are often overlooked. AAL’s Smart Ageing Prize aims to highlight the transformative potential of the Internet of Things (IoT) by supporting IoT products and services for older adults to enter the market.
Lekshmy Parameswaran is Director of Research and Strategy at design consultancy fuelfor. From her perspective as a designer, Lekshmy discusses the issues faced by older people and how technology could help address them.
Viviane von Doellen is Cadre supérieur at the Stëftung Hëllef Doheem and is responsible for Service Sécher Doheem, the Luxembourg national Telehealth service. Viviane explains what she sees as the challenges older people face in today’s society and how IoT is addressing these challenges.
Karin Weiss is the Deputy Managing Director and Head of Grants at the AGE Foundation. In the first of a series of interviews with the Prize judges, she provides an insight about what she will be looking for from the winning entry.
It is estimated that by 2020 up to 100 billion devices will be connected to the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT). And that’s just a start as more and more sensors, actuators and microcontrollers are embedded into virtually everything on the planet.