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ABC News 01/04/2017

CES 2017 Highlights

Tech to Help Those Who Need It Most

The number of elderly people in the West is expected to grow rapidly, largely due to the greying of the baby boomer generation. In America, the number of people 65 and older is expected to double by the year 2050, according to the Pew Research Center. Therefore, the need to care for elderly people is expected to become a major issue.

Enter Cutii, a friendly-looking domestic robot that its manufacturer promises will “revolutionize” the daily life of older people by helping them interact with “family, helpers, charities and doctors” through vocal commands.

Cutii isn’t alone in its mission to make life easier for those in need. The CES 2017 also features the Rapael Smart Board, a device that helps recovering patients relearn arm movements, Laka’s Smart Toy, an toy and app combination that is designed to benefit autistic and other special-needs children, and NeuroMetrix’s Quell, a wearable pain relief band that uses neuro-stimulation to alleviate pain.

Also included in this category are toys designed to help children deepen sleep, hand rehabilitation devices for stroke victims, a home pregnancy tracker, hearing aids that connect to your smart phone, and a next-generation baby monitor that tells you when it’s time to change your child’s diaper.

Super Recorders
The confluence of social media and portable, high-quality camera technology have radically transformed the way we see the world today. Look no further than the phenomenon of civilian-recorded police shootings, which played a major role in 2016, causing waves of protest throughout the U.S., as well as a public debate that informed the 2016 presidential election.

The next generation of self-documentation will likely only become more immersive.

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