Future Feast: 5 Amazing Kitchen Gadgets

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, and today’s versions are evolving and growing at an astonishing rate. High tech solutions help busy families keep dinner traditions alive with innovative features that will streamline nearly every kitchen task.

Get the Perfect Temperature with iGrill

Upgrade from the traditional meat thermometer with this smart and handy tool. The iGrill is a leave-in thermometer that’s connected to a display screen, making it easy to see the temp from afar. A short wire allows you to place the display on the counter while meat cooks undisturbed inside the oven. No longer will you have to open your appliances and let heat out to know when your dinner is done. The iGrill can also communicate with your smartphone so you can keep an eye on dinner from anywhere in the house.

Eat Healthier with the Prep Pad

Even if you know how many ounces of meat is ideal for a single serving, it’s difficult to eyeball that amount in today’s super-sized world. The Prep Pad takes the guesswork out of meal prep and gives you detailed information on the nutritional content of your meals. The Prep Pad itself acts as a kitchen scale to weigh your foods. Connected to the Countertop app on your iPad, the Prep Pad gives you an in-depth look at everything you’re eating.

Brew the Perfect Cup with the Breville Tea Maker

Making the perfect cup of tea involves more than just steeping the bag in hot water. For the ideal beverage, you need to know the proper water temperature and steeping time for your variety. The Breville Tea Maker handles all those details for you. The tea basket even agitates the tea leaves gently for premium infusion. If you prefer waking up to tea rather than to a morning pot of coffee, then you can even use the timer to have your cup ready and waiting in the morning.

Get Guiltless Fried Foods with the T-Fal ActiFry Low Fat Fryer

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Fried foods have an almost universal appeal, but healthy eaters can’t enjoy French fries without a heaping side of guilt. The ActiFry will radically change the way you approach fried foods in your kitchen. This gadget can cook up to two pounds of homemade French fries with just one tablespoon of oil. Not in the mood for fries? Try crispy okra, chicken wings, shrimp, and more.

Do it All with the Samsung LED Refrigerator

This refrigerator is the epitome of smart appliances. The LCD screen on the freezer door features multiple apps that will connect with your Picasa photo albums, Google calendar, and more. Leave notes, look up recipes, and check the weather. Whether you’re adjusting your cooling zones or keeping a grocery list, this fridge offers a new way to handle essential food storage tasks.

These exciting new kitchen features can help you stay healthy, organized, and on top of all your meal preparation tasks in new and innovative ways. You’ll never approach dinner time the same way again with these items in your home.

 

Fly Me to the Moon: 5 Awesome Facts About Space Tourism

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Ever since Russia’s launch of Sputnik in 1957 heralded the start of the Space Age, many children have dreamed about going to the moon and beyond. In recent years, the development of space tourism has laid the groundwork for more than just astronauts to go into space. If the idea of space tourism appeals to you, check out this list of five facts about an adventure that needs to be on your bucket list.

1. Space Tourism Began in 2001

The space tourism concept is just now gaining traction with several companies poised to begin transport runs in the next one to two years. However, the first space tourist, American Dennis Tito, had Earth in his rearview mirror in April 2001. Throughout the 2000s, a handful of other wealthy individuals also traveled into space, most of them on board a Russian rocket.

2. The Cost is Out of This World

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Even if you do have bank, you might have to break it to buy just one ticket into space. According to media reports, Virgin Galactic (Sir Richard Branson’s venture) expects passengers to pay a quarter of a million dollars each for the ride of a lifetime. Hoping to take a trip around the planet? Space Exploration Technologies estimates a ticket to make a single orbit will set you back a cool $20 million.

If those price tags are beyond your reach, consider the more budget-friendly options available from World View Enterprises. From 100,000 feet (about 20 miles) above the Earth, passengers drift along in a capsule held aloft by a special balloon. This experience costs a more modest $75,000 and the company promises a reduction in the price if business picks up.

3. You Can Tweet From Space

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What good is being a space tourist if you can’t rub it in your friends’ faces on Facebook and Twitter? World View Enterprises plans to outfit its space capsule with Internet access so passengers can post their selfies with the curvature of the Earth as the background. Expect to see hashtags like #SpaceSelfie.

4. Orbiting is an Option

Think you’d just be happy to get a peek at the Earth from an impressive 20 miles above ground? How about getting to make a full trip around the Earth? Space Exploration Technologies expects to offer a low orbit trip in 2015 in the SpaceX Dragon capsule. This ship used its robotic arm to connect to the International Space Station, a first for a commercial craft in space.

5. Mars is the Ultimate Destination

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Space tourisim can be taken to new levels with the opportunity to leave Earth to live on Mars. Through the space tourism program called The Mars One Project, recruiters are accepting applications from volunteers who will not have to pay for their one-way ticket to the red planet. The first settlers will receive training before heading out in 2023.

Which type of space travel sounds most appealing to you? Do you think the costs will actually come down as more companies begin offering space tourism services?

 

Edu-Tech: 4 Amazing Upcoming Innovations in the Classroom

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Modern-day educators are placing a huge emphasis on how humans learn, not as a group, but as individuals. In the past, singling out students and teaching by a method that was effective for each was impossible. Technology, however, has made this not only possible but an absolute must. Here are a few ways technology innovation is changing the classroom.

Extending the Classroom

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In the past, an attempt to connect with another student outside the classroom was limited to field trips in the same town or pen pals across the world. With the help of the Internet, educators are now able to make the world their classroom. From videos to action cams, students are experiencing a larger perspective of the world. Interactive graphics provide hands-on learning experiences while Skype conversations with students around the globe can offer an appreciation of foreign cultures in a way pen pals couldn’t.

Employing Independent Learning

The pace at which students learn differs by student and by course. The limitation of the classroom has always been the group mentality. The class could not move on until everyone either understood the subject matter or failed it. With educational games such as ST Math by MIND Research Institute and websites like Khan Academy, advanced students can learn at an accelerated pace while students needing more help can practice the coursework without detracting from either’s educational experience.

Reintroducing Gamification

While classrooms have long employed the motivational tool of leaderboards and stars, gamification (using game play to incentivize a desired action) is succeeding in education. An AP Biology teacher, Paul Anderson, is using the elements of video games to do three things within his classroom: make learning fun, allow for levelled learning so everyone progresses at their own pace, and create an environment where failure is not a last measure but an opportunity to reload and try again, thus encouraging learning. This signifies a growing shift in how educators approach learning.

Another educational gaming platform is Socrative. This app works on all devices—mobile, computer and tablet—and engages the student with game-based learning.

Valuing Social Learning

While group learning has long been the norm in American education, it wasn’t very social. In the mid-eighties, group projects became popular but failed in the sense that the group didn’t learn together. A few students ended up carrying the weight of the group. Now, learning is becoming social through social media. Tools like Edmodo allows classes and teachers to connect in a Facebook-like online classroom environment for collaborative learning. Grockit allows students to study together virtually. Schoology is a learning management system (LMS) that connects educators and helps them better engage their students.

The biggest changes to the classroom are being heralded and made possible by technology. These gaming and interconnectivity tools are providing a new classroom experience, which is not limited by geographical location. Educators are on the cusp of having the tools that will help them reach every student and make sure they master the concepts before progressing to the next level. These tools are creating a new age of engaged students.

 

Driverless Cars: Real and Coming to Your Town

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We already have GPS that tells us where to drive, but what if we had cars that could do the driving for us, too? This technology might not be as far off as you think. Several car manufacturers are adding driverless features to their cars already. It’s only a matter of time until these cars are the norm — maybe in the next ten years.

Manufacturers Are Already Working on Driverless Car Prototypes

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Several car manufacturers have driverless car prototypes that are being tested on the road in four states right now:

  • Google: Google’s driverless car is basically a Prius with a giant sensor attached to the roof. It runs on hyper-sensitive GPS technology.
  • Audi: The Audi A7 driverless car uses piloted technology for remote control. It’s been tested in Nevada with police escorts. The prototype has a radar system, laser scanner, and front-facing digital camera, which are all connected to a central computer.
  • Ford: Ford’s driverless car is a Fusion Hybrid. It works by sensing objects to the front, back, and sides, and then applying the brakes and acceleration accordingly.
  • Tesla: Tesla’s Model 7 driverless car doesn’t share technology with other companies. It plans to roll out a driverless car in less than five years.

What the Government Has to Say About Driverless Cars

Even though lots of manufacturers are working on driverless cars, the government must rewrite traffic laws before you can buy one. Brad Stertz, Audi’s spokesman, said, “From a technology standpoint, it could be five years. How the regulations evolve and what’s permitted will have a huge role in when it finally comes to market, and that’s hard to predict.” The government needs to set guidelines and standards for testing and operating driverless vehicles. Up to this point, very little has been done.

Safety is the number one concern of lawmakers, but defining what makes a car “driverless” is the first step. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration officially classified these cars as “autonomous vehicles.” The government is proceeding cautiously, but is optimistic about having driverless cars throughout the country. The technology is almost there, but it’s probably best for lawmakers to wait to set policies until it’s ready.

Potential Setback and Benefits of Driverless Cars

As with any new technology, all of the issues cannot be anticipated. For instance, driverless cars could eliminate most traffic accidents because human error would be taken out of the equation. However, technical malfunctions in machinery could have devastating consequences on the road. Plus, it’s hard to know who’s at fault in a car accident if there is no driver. In general, driverless cars would also be good because they reduce travel delays and congestion. Of course, people might also complain about privacy rights.

Several pieces of driverless car technology are already on the roads. For instance, there are cars that can parallel park with the push of a button and self-brake when they get too close to an object. Plus, there is the ever-popular cruise control. This is just the start of something that is going to change the world. Would you buy a driverless car? Tell us why or why not in the comments below.

Digital Dollars: Where to Spend Your Bitcoins

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Despite concerns related to hackers compromising exchanges, enhanced scrutiny from governments, and accusations against one of its chief champions, bitcoin remains popular, valuable, and viable. People earn bitcoins by dedicating computer processing capacity to maintaining or mining the block chain, the ledger that records and verifies all bitcoin transactions. Competition to mine the block chain, thereby earning bitcoins, is extremely fierce, and many people have pooled their computing resources to enhance their earning potential. You can also use cash to buy bitcoins if you don’t want to earn them the traditional way.

Once you have this cyber currency, there are a number of places where you can spend it. Check out this list of online and brick and mortar venues that accept bitcoin and the layer of anonymity that goes along with it.

Overstock.com

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According to the Wall Street Journal, Overstock is one of 3,000 retailers globally who allow customers to pay their bills using bitcoin. The site features housewares, furniture, clothing, jewelry, electronics, and more. Given the depth of its offerings, this website makes it possible to buy a wide range of goods with bitcoin.

eGifter.com

First you use bitcoins to buy a gift card from eGifter.com. Then you take the gift card to the designated brick and mortar retailer or restaurant and use it to make your purchase. This simple process makes it easy to convert bitcoins into gift cards for your favorite real world locations including places like Stein Mart, Sephora, Bass Pro Shops, and Chili’s.

Cups and Cakes Bakery, San Francisco, California

Just because the currency only exists in cyberspace doesn’t mean you can’t spend it in the real world! Head over to Cups and Cakes Bakery on 9th Street in the city by the bay to cash in bitcoins for a tasty treat. On its website, the company praises the virtual currency as offering an advantage to small businesses who feel the financial pinch of credit card processing fees.

Flyte World Dining and Wine, Nashville, Tennessee

Can’t hop a plane to the Left Coast? Head instead to the Country Music Capital for bitcoin-funded fine dining and drinking. Flyte lets patrons use an app to transfer the digital currency to the restaurant’s wallet using a third party bitcoin manager.

Popular National Retailers

Several well-known national retailers allow customers to pay their bills via bitcoin using an app on their smartphone. Among the early adopters of this virtual currency are Kmart and Home Depot.

Amazon.com

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With its discounts on everything from books to electronics, Amazon is a powerhouse online retailer. That’s why people looking to spend bitcoin are stoked that Amazon now accepts the cryptocurrency. This move opens up access to a marketplace that includes most major retail categories.

For now, there are more online venues accepting bitcoin than retailers and restaurants in the real world. However, as the currency gains broader acceptance, expect to see more opportunities to spend bitcoin at brick and mortar establishments. What places do you want to see begin accepting bitcoins in the near future?

 

Crypto-Currency Crash Course: 4 Things You Need to Know About Digital Money

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Money is becoming less and less physical. Currency once took the form of goods and services rendered. It moved on to the exchange of precious metals like gold and silver, and today it is all about greenbacks and plastic. The next step in money’s evolution is purely digital.

If you are a crypto-currency newbie, there are some things you need to know about this form of money, including its history, its uses, and its potential pitfalls.

History

Bitcoin, the most prominent form of digital currency, stepped onto the scene in 2009. Its anonymous creator went by the name Satoshi Nakamoto.

One of the first Bitcoin transactions happened in 2009 when a programmer sent 10,000 bitcoins to a volunteer who then ordered pizza using the bitcoins. The value of bitcoins varies, but one estimate says that today 10,000 bitcoins are worth about $750,000.

How it Works

Crypto-currency is a decentralized monetary system that does not rely on banks. Computers “mine” bitcoins by solving complex mathematical problems, and as more bitcoins come into existence, production slows to protect the value of the currency. Bruce Wagner, who organized a meet up of Bitcoin developers in New York, told Forbes, “No banker can control it. No evil dictator tyrant can print zillions and destroy the value.”

Many online casinos accept altcoins, but they are not the only businesses to do so. Even some brick and mortar stores accept digital money. In fact, the California House recently passed a bill recognizing crypto-currency as legal tender.

Bitcoin Isn’t Everything

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Bitcoin is the hottest buzzword in the world of crypto-currency, but it isn’t the only altcoin with potential. Other popular crypto-currencies include Litecoin, Peercoin, Namecoin, Primecoin, and Ripple. Most crypto-currencies work in a fashion similar to Bitcoin.

Ripple, however, works differently. Motherboard.vice.com explains, “Ripple is composed of three main parts: a payment network, a distributed exchange, and its own Bitcoin-like currency.” A large part of its appeal is that it allows for quick sending and receiving of money regardless of a user’s financial institution.

The CEO of a popular messaging app, quoted on CNBC.com, commented that crypto-currency is “a wide open area that we are going to see tons of innovation over the next ten years. And it’s hard to say right now who will shake out on top.”

Drawbacks

In theory, digital currency is a good idea, but there are dangers involved, such as wildly fluctuating coin values. A recent incident involving Bitcoin well illustrates another potential hazard to using digital money. Bitcoin exchanges allow people to buy and sell Bitcoins for traditional forms of money. One of the most exchanges, Mt. Gox, abruptly went offline because hackers got into the system.

Mt. Gox was not a bank, so there was no FDIC or other force to ensure that Mt. Gox customers got their money back. The fiasco resulted in Mt. Gox customers losing a total of over $400 million and wondering if they would ever receive compensation.

Crypto-currency is still in its infancy, but it is not going to disappear anytime soon. Staying informed about developments in the field can equip you to make good decisions with your money, whether it’s paper, plastic, or digital.

 

Cortana vs. Siri: Which is the Best Digital Personal Assistant?

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While she can’t necessarily hack the covenant battlenet, Microsoft’s new digital assistant Cortana has already proven herself as quite valuable to windows phone users. Named after a popular character from the Halo franchise, Cortana is entering the market to give Apple’s Siri a run for her money. Cortana isn’t as established or cheeky as Siri, but her innovations will bring exciting new options for mobile phone users. Today we’ll be examining some of the features of each digital assistant, and give you some insight into which might be right for you.

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Personalizing Your Phone

Personalization is what Cortana is all about, and from the first time you launch her on your phone, getting to know you is her goal. Once launched, Cortana asks you questions about your interests and uses that information to build a profile of you to better anticipate your requests or queries. Another plus, Cortana offers people-based reminders, allowing you to set important reminders about your friends and family when you ask to call them. This is a nice expansion upon the ability to set location-based reminders, something that Siri has had as an option for users for years.

Integration of 3rd Party Apps

Cortana is still very much the newcomer of the digital assistant world, and as such is still considered by Microsoft to be in the Beta stage. With this in mind, Siri currently has the clear advantage in regard to years of experience when it comes to third-party app integration. Despite all of Microsoft’s boasts about Cortana, at the end of the day Siri can tweet while Cortana cannot. Twitter may not be the most important part of your life (and hopefully isn’t), but the lack of current support for popular third-party apps clearly gives a black eye to Microsoft’s new star right off the bat.

Following Up

Perhaps the most exciting new feature that Cortana brings to the digital assistant field is her ability to understand questions in context. Siri tends to treat every question as a new request, while Cortana remembers your questions and relates them to future ones. Cortana even can push the results from a web search over into some of your phone’s apps, such as the Bing health tracker. This seemingly small improvement is a huge victory for Cortana over Siri, as it allows follow-up searches to be much more user-friendly and gives Cortana a definite advantage in this field.

Microsoft’s Cortana is definitely set to give windows phones a great set of new options in the near future. Siri has certainly been around for long enough to establish herself as Queen of the digital assistants, but Cortana’s additional features seem poised to represent a new challenge to the throne. Given that so few people currently take full advantage of their digital assistants, it remains to be seen whether or not Cortana can become the game changer that Microsoft needs to truly contend with Apple’s grip over the smartphone market. Time will tell though, and it will likely bring many exciting new upgrades to both sides of the smartphone aisle!

 

Building Us Better: 4 Innovations in Artificial Limbs

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When accidents happen and people lose limbs, there’s still hope that they can regain function because of prosthetics. Yes, a lot depends on the severity of the missing limb, but the technology is there to help people walk, pick up objects, and do much more. Take a look at these four innovations in artificial limbs and how they give amputees function back to their bodies.

Prosthetics that Resemble Real Body Parts

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Prosthetic hands no longer feature a hook with two fingers, or some other simple configuration. Now, they closely resemble their human counterparts with five fingers and the same mobility or better. Prosthetic feet also resemble human feet and users are able to wear shoes on them. Additionally, some artificial limbs even have skin to make them less of a distraction in public.

The most advanced prosthetics available in 2014 are called, “bionics.” Bionic limbs are developed around the world, but the Advanced Arm Dynamics clinic in Portland, Oregon, is one of the leaders. According to Digital Trends, fewer than 50 people in the United States have bionic hands with advanced i-Limb technology because they are so new. Bionic hands are not just for aesthetics; they are amazing machines that are paving the way in prosthetics.

Prosthetics with Built-in Pressure Sensors

Prosthetics are great because they give function back to amputees. Up until recently, however, these prosthetics did not have the same feel as real body parts. For instance, an amputee with a prosthetic hand had to look at an object to know where it was and pick it up. However, National Geographic reports that the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has conquered this barrier by putting pressure sensors in prosthetics for sensory feedback. This helps amputees with prosthetics feel objects without seeing them. Pressure sensors are used in all sorts of prosthetics, not just hands.

Prosthetics with Personality and Style

The main purpose of prosthetics is to restore amputees with the ability to walk or pick up objects. However, designers at the Alternative Limb Project are pushing the boundaries and giving amputees all sorts of other cool abilities, such as tentacle arms and mermaid tails. In the future, it really might be possible to get an extra arm or leg to help you be more efficient at daily tasks. Of course, eyes in the back of your head are still a ways off.

Prosthetics That Are Controlled by the Mind

Amputees have different prosthetic options depending on the type of stump that is left on their limb. If the nerve endings are still receptive, sensors can be attached to control prosthetics through muscle contractions in the stump. Through microchips and sensors, bionic arms and legs are controlled straight by the brain through brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). Home trials are not available yet, but the technology for brain-operated prosthetics is only a few years away.

Technology saves lives and helps people live more normal lives. As technology continues to improve, amputees will experience a broader range of mobility and increased prosthetic options.

Building a Better Clock: The Adoption of the NIST-F2 Atomic Clock

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Why bother with an outdated atomic clock whose accuracy is limited to an embarrassing few tens of quadrillionths of a second when you could have the NIST-F2, the United States’ new atomic clock that is three times as accurate as its predecessors. Officially launched on April 3rd by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the NIST-F2 has been in the works for more than a decade. In 300 million years, the NIST-F2 will not lose or gain a single second. To add to its prestige, the clock was also recently named the most accurate time standard in the world by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures. Read on to learn how the clock works and what makes it superior to previous models.

What Makes Atomic Clocks Tick

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The NIST-F2 and its predecessor are cesium-based atomic fountain clocks, which means they measure the vibration inside a cesium atom to determine the length of a second. Inside the clock, lasers force a ball of ten million cesium atoms together and cool them to help minimize noise. The ball is then passed through a microwave beam as it is pushed up a three-foot chamber. The beam jolts some of the atoms into a higher energy state in which they give off light.

The ball travels up and down the chamber multiple times, with the wavelength of the microwave beam changing a little each time. The purpose of this is for engineers to determine the correct frequency. At the right frequency, the atoms will emit the most light. This number, known as the natural resonance frequency of cesium, defines a second’s length in today’s world.

Why the NIST-F2 Is Superior

Although the NIST-F2 still uses the cesium-atom method, one major improvement sets it apart from previous models. The NIST-F1 runs at room temperature, which means the walls of the clock’s chamber get warm and thus emit a tiny amount of radiation. The radiation tampers with the atoms, resulting in a slight shift in their energy states. To correct this, engineers cooled the NIST-F2 with liquid nitrogen, causing it to operate at a temperature of -316 degrees.

The Implications of Accurate Time-Telling

You might be thinking, “We have a really, really accurate clock now.  So what?” Well, precise timekeeping is the keystone of a lot of modern technology. For example, GPS requires accurate time to a billionth of a second to navigate you correctly. GPS is also the basis of digital network synchronization, such as with cell phones and NTP servers that are the foundation of the Internet.

Next time you glance at your cell phone to check the time, know that it wouldn’t be possible without the precision of the NIST-F2 atomic clock. Your phone might not tell you the time to the sixteenth decimal like the NIST-F2, but it still very much relies on the standards of the NIST clocks. What’s exciting is that all the present applications of atomic clocks were not obvious when they first came about, so the future technology of more accurate timekeeping is anyone’s guess.

 

4 Ways Ambient Assisted Living Technologies are Changing Life for Seniors

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With an aging population comes increased motivation to progress technology to care for these individuals. Ambient assisted living technologies are those that show “ambient intelligence,” or that are sensitive and responsive in the presence of people. Read on to how these technologies are changing the lives of seniors.

1. They Make Seniors Feel Safer

In the presence of ambient technology, seniors tend to feel safer. Each year, one-third of elderly individuals ages 65 and older experience a fall. Furthermore, 29 percent of seniors live alone. Falling down when no one is around is a huge concern for seniors, but not as many have to worry about that anymore. In fact, they can live in peace knowing that someone will respond in any accident or emergency.

Mobile and wearable sensors can alert nearby medical professionals if a senior has experienced a fall or had a heart attack, effectively getting them help when needed — even if they can’t call for help themselves. Other sensors in the house will warn of any other dangers, such as intruders or fires, even when people aren’t home.

2. They Give Them More Independence

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Not only do ambient technologies allow seniors to feel safe enough to live on their own, but they can also boost their confidence in their ability to take care of themselves to the extent the technology allows. For instance, the elderly can take advantage of smart home technologies to keep them from worrying about simple — yet essential — tasks they may have trouble doing otherwise.

Things like getting up to control the temperature, remembering to lock the front door, and watering the lawn are no longer a big concern. Plus, voice-activated technologies allow low-mobility elderly to stay in their home while still being able to control their appliances and lighting.

3. They Help Them Learn About Technology

While many of today’s seniors aren’t well acquainted with the best technologies of the day, many are still interested in them. Keeping up with today’s technology trends can be tough when 80 percent of those older than 65 are suffering from a chronic disease or dealing with other long-term health issues. By integrating these technologies into seniors’ lives, it’s easier for them to learn about how technology is changing the world by getting to interact with it.

4. They Improve Quality of Life

In one study looking at how ambient technologies can impact the lives of dementia patients, researchers said that, “Particularly in dementia, [context-aware technologies] can aid in tasks that require learning and decision-making (two of the primary limitations characteristics of dementia).”

The researchers feel there is great promise for ambient assisted living technologies to help improve seniors’ quality of life, particularly those people suffering from dementia. This improved quality of life likely stems from the increased sense of security and more independence these technologies deliver.

As technology moves forward, we seeing more and more benefits with the potential to make a significant difference instead of simply playing around with it. Ambient technology is increasingly helping scores of elderly remain in their homes rather than live in nursing homes.