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High Tech Everyday Problems

Techstination feature for Monday, October 31, 2005

High tech solutions….to everyday problems. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Researchers at Intel have been working on ways to put technology to work…solving some new…and some old problems. They've created things like a watch…for expectant fathers….that allows them to literally feel…the kicks of a baby inside the mother. She wears a belt that sends out the signals. And using a bracelet, RFID sensors and a computer, researchers have designed a system that allows medical professionals or relatives to keep track of people who are aging, but want to maintain as much independence as possible. Manny Vara is a technology strategist with Intel's research and development labs….

On a regular basis, you get a nurse that will come to a person's home with something they call they activities of daily living sheet. And it's just a check sheet. Is this person taking her medicine. Can she still cook. The problem is, if you fast forward a few years when you have so many people who are older, the thinking is that we might not have enough professional staff and nurses to actually take care of everybody who needs to do this. So if we can automate it, so the form is basically here…and as grandma is moving around and doing everything, your house actually can tell and can start filling out that form automatically."

How far off is the technology from becoming available?

"We've done pilot programs and we have some more coming up. But we've already done some with Alzheimer's patients and we've seen some good results so far."

Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.