• Ali Egan

A Currently Automated Population: The Elderly

When looking at potential target markets for automation and motorization, it is truly difficult to tell who will receive the maximum benefit from motorization products. There are many very different demographics who use motorization, many of whom have varying sets of goals. Because of these wildly different perspectives on automation and motorization, we are beginning a series of posts profiling the many users of home automation to detail how automation enhances their lives. We are dedicating this first post to the elderly.

We have all heard it- getting old is not fun, and with age comes several physical challenges. Moving around becomes harder, dexterity is lost, and some people develop memory loss. Automating the home is an excellent way for the elderly population to maintain independence and comfort in their homes.

As movement becomes more difficult, basic acts like opening blinds and turning on lights become an unnecessary challenge. These acts require not only moving across the room, and potentially the home, but they also require dexterity. Automation products allow for people with lost dexterity to operate devices that would normally require acute motor functions. Our product, the E-Wand, allows people with lost dexterity to operate their slatted blinds by twisting, remote control, or by using the sensors to automate their movement. Other products, such as Wi-Fi light bulbs allow people to control their lights via voice control or through a smart phone app. Other companies make outlets that can function off timers, so other household appliances, like fans or coffee pots, can be set to come on at certain times of the day.

Studies show that routine and a sense of normalcy can improve the quality of life of those affected by memory loss, and part of normalcy is having the lights on in the home and having the blinds open. These may be things that people effected by memory loss neglect to do themselves, but by automating and motorizing these products, people can increase their quality of life overall.

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