AARP’s Innovation Labs Developing Better Ways to Age​

Amicus Brain Inventions of Chappaqua, New York, uses artificial intelligence to help caregivers who need advice as they help loved ones with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. In addition to immediate answers from an AI-guided adviser, the platform has a library of articles and videos that give information about behavioral changes and other challenges.

Braze Mobility of Toronto employs smart car technology to help people who use electric wheelchairs. Its blind spot sensors, when added to any wheelchair, can help users avoid obstacles, reduce damage to their wheelchairs and places where they travel, and stay independent.

Camino Robotics of Pasadena, which participated in the July 2021 Better Aging Through Technology pitch competition, created a walker that helps people navigate rough and uneven surfaces and uses artificial intelligence to monitor a person’s gait. of Millbrae, California, a participant in AARP’s fall 2021 Grand Pitch Finale, uses avatars such as cats and dogs to tackle social isolation and reduce loneliness. Behind the avatar is a trained health advocate to help people manage chronic conditions.

Kinoo of Mountain View, California, which won AARP’s Grand Pitch Finale in fall 2021, launched its augmented reality app and video chat platform in May 2022 that helps grandparents and grandparents stay in touch and engaged whether they’re down the street or across the country.

Labrador Systems of Calabasas, California, which debuted its nightstand-sized Labrador Retriever robot at CES in January 2022, created the robot to be an extra set of hands that can hold medications or larger objects up to 25 pounds.

MindMics of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which came to the attention of the AgeTech Collaborative through the 2021 Boston-based MassChallenge accelerator program, developed wireless earbuds that play your favorite music and use sound to measure heart health with almost the same accuracy as an electrocardiogram. It expects to launch a 5,000-earbud pilot program in early 2023.

• Paperwork of Oakland, California, a financial app that partners with credit unions and other financial institutions, allows them to offer account information, financial education and storage for important documents in one place. That helps credit union members improve their financial health as they age.

Reset Mobility of Tysons Corner, Virginia, which won the Connect & Thrive Pitch Competition in March 2022 in Miami, designed the RAZ Memory Cell Phone that has an always-on screen with names and pictures of six contacts that a user can call with a tap. It was created for people with memory loss.

Tellus YouCare, based in San Francisco, also came to the attention of the AgeTech Collaborative through the 2021 MassChallenge accelerator program. It uses sensors with radar — not cameras or wearables — to monitor users’ habits and health remotely.

The Last Gameboard of Denver combines the idea of ​​old-fashioned tabletop board games with digital audio and visual technology to allow you to have a game night at home with friends or play remotely with others far away.

Zibrio of Houston, which won AARP’s Grand Pitch Finale in fall 2020, produces a scale and an app that helps measure and predict a person’s balance and risk of falling on a particular day.


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