How tech is catering to the elderly and caregivers | Venture Beat

This is very much worth some time to read. As this blogger is approaching elderly status, this needs to begin now, so when the market matures a bit, the price will come down enough to reach the maximum number of clients that could use these technical innovations, devices, and software.


At CES 2020, tech’s biggest trade show, the tech industry showed it is paying attention to the needs of the elderly and their caregivers.

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A conversation with the researcher who put a movie on a piece of glass with Project Silica | onMSFT.com

A conversation with the researcher who put a movie on a piece of glass with Project Silica | onMSFT.com

At Microsoft Ignite, I, Abhishek Baxi, sat down with Ant Rowstron, partner deputy lab director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, to learn more about Project Silica.

Why did you choose glass?

So, I think there are several reasons. First off, it’s a durable media, and it’s got a very long lifetime. So, the data that we’ve got written in here won’t get any decay, and it will be good for, you know, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years.

You got your archive data, which is just cold. Today we’re using hard disk drives or tape to store that. With hard disk drive, you’re lucky to get five years from it. Not much longer. A tape, you’re going to get ten years. I think ten is the upper bound; some people use it for five years or even less…

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The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Screengrab of Microsoft upcoming Surface Duo “phone” via ZDNet

A blogger that I follow, Jason Ward of Windows Central, has been essentially asking for this type of device for years now, and I have brought attention to it here on my little information speck of the digital universe.

It’s nice to see ZDNet grudgingly come around to that similar conclusion. Granted, this device/phone/tablet/game changer is way out of budget for moi unless the numbers come in from the North Carolina Education Lottery, but my experience with these events is that elements make their way down to most price points over time.

Microsoft has strong reasons for shying away from calling the Surface Duo a phone. But that’s the best way to explain it to customers.

Source: The Surface Duo is a phone | ZDNet

Also, here is another view of the announcement independent from ZDNet and Jason Ward. ⬇

Microsoft invited Jason Ward to its fall Surface event — and it was AWESOME | a certified Warditorial

Microsoft invited Jason Ward to its fall Surface event — and it was AWESOME | a certified Warditorial

It does help to point out that Mr. Jason Ward has been talking about devices similar to what Microsoft announced this month for many months now. Clearly someone in Redmond was listening as far as this type of hardware is concerned, Jason is the Mary Jo Foley of Surface devices. And that’s a compliment to both, who I follow and listen to.

Last week Microsoft sponsored my wife and me at its biggest Surface event ever, and it was amazing!

On October 2, 2019, Microsoft set the internet ablaze with an event that reflected a refinement and evolution of its successful Surface hardware. The accelerant for this inferno was the addition of bold category-defining devices to the Surface line of first-party products. Microsoft positions these products as reference hardware to guide industry partners as they build Windows, and now with Surface Duo, Android devices.

Surface Pro did this for 2-in-1s, which even now Apple is mimicking. Surface Pro X, Surface Earbuds, Surface Neo, and Surface Duo are meant to encourage OEMs to create current generation products as well as create categories for what Microsoft sees as next-generation computing.

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UPDATE 3/10/2020 Since this story was first published years ago. North & South Carolina continues to avoid Medicaid Expansion

I found another Microsoft focused outlet that not only covered the event (would have loved to get on a plane to Seattle to see it personally, but…) but asked some of the same questions that Jason had for the past months and years since the mobile industry essentially became 2 flavors only. Another view of the Surface Duo can be found here.

Surface reveals new holiday lineup and introduces a new category of dual-screen devices built for mobile productivity

Surface reveals new holiday lineup and introduces a new category of dual-screen devices built for mobile productivity:

These devices are awesome and inventive. If I had the money or was in their target market, I would absolutely want one or more of these items. But since I’m not, one can dream.

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WIMAXIT’s 15.6-inch HDR touchscreen monitor review: More screen, more touch | a certified Warditorial

WIMAXIT’s 15.6-inch HDR touchscreen monitor review: More screen, more touch | a certified Warditorial

This is a relatively modern twist on the idea of an external monitor to a computer; in this case a Surface, but can also work on a smartphone or tablet. I don’t like the price of this, especially after spending $$$ on a Surface or equivalent. Unless you are rich, this is a solution surfing for a problem; but Mr. Ward has different ideas, so…

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WIMAXIT’s 15.6 portable touch monitor adds valuable screen real estate to the “mobile office” of the laptop-wielding road warrior. The convenience of “more screen” does come with some downsides, however.

Long before switching to the Surface Pro 2017 with its 12.3-inch display, I used a 17-inch HP laptop. Though I’ve always missed the extra inches I sacrificed, the portability convenience of the powerful yet compact Surface Pro more-or-less balanced the scales. I use the Surface Pro to run my business Ward Advocacy, LLC and for writing content for Windows Central. I do both on the go or when at a desk, and often need more screen than the Surfaces’ 12.3-inches comfortably provides.

When setting up at home, my Surface Pro is sometimes connected to my 27-inch Dell monitor to provide extra space for multiple Windows, video, and more. When on the go, I’ve been giving WIMAXIT’s 15.6-inch portable touch monitor (sent to me for review) a spin to do the same. The experience has been great and has genuinely improved my workflow. Still, anyone planning to spend $259 on this monitor must weigh the benefits of extra touchscreen real-estate against their personal workflow needs. There are also a few cons inherent to this device to consider as well as genuine concerns related to how packing an extra device may impact one’s mobile needs.

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