"A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time." --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.We spent time at the library brainstorming our project. We came up with some great ideas and then spent time scouring the internet to see if any of them have already been done. We focused on things that might be helpful to senior citizens. Some of the ideas we had included:
A Lip Reading Hearing Aid that would focus a camera on the speaker and then use the video to filter out all the background noise and isolate what the speaker was saying
A Pill Machine that would hold all prescriptions and keep track of dosage, when they were last taken, alert when pills were needed and dispense. It would also alert when prescriptions needed to be refilled among other functions.
Mega Finger Traction that adheres to fingertips to aid grip in Seniors.
An automated Jar Opener
The Exo-Skeleton: A lightweight but strong robotic frame that would restore the strength and balance and remove need for canes and walkers.
Memory Glasses: takes a picture of items you needs to remember like keys or glasses and then records the location if you forget.
Speech Enhancer to help the elderly who have trouble speaking such as after a stroke.
And Our Favorite:
The Invisible Air Bag Belt- This device would deploy an air bag to protect the hips of elderly people from fractures in the event of a fall. Worn around the waist, the airbags would deploy if the person fell.
After looking online, we determined that the air bag idea was the best as it had not been created and would offer a lot of benefit to the wearer including safety and confidence.