Social Support Technologies for Seniors Project (2020)
We conducted a scan of social support technologies being developed and/or marketed to seniors for home use. These advertising videos were created by companies depicting products or pre-release technologies (i.e., selling or being developed) marketed to seniors for home use (e.g., aging-in-place, etc.). They do not include technology for seniors homes or hospitals. Using keywords, we can identify a range of features geared specifically to social support interpreted in multiple ways. Some include companion robots in direct social interaction with seniors providing their personal data, while others involve collecting data from sensors to send to family members and friends absent from the physical space.