The Georgia Institute of Technology has launched a new testing network designed to streamline the development of products that can help seniors remain independent and engaged in their own wellness at home.
HomeLab, based in Atlanta, is using a state-wide network of those age 50+ to research the technology and product design ideas that will best serve the independent living challenges of the Baby Boomer generation.
Testing will include new mHealth technology, wireless monitoring devices, mobility aids, medication compliance tools and other systems tested by seniors within their own homes.
The project gives manufacturers a ready-made target population and a cost-effective testing platform for exploring new product ideas and device designs, HomeLab researchers say.
The assisted living and nursing home industries will be watching what emerges from the project, since the early innovations embraced by the tech-savvy Baby Boomers may affect their facility designs and technology capabilities in the future.
The HomeLab project has already recruited 100 homes in Georgia and expects to have 550 participating homes by 2014.
The Georgia Tech Research Institute also serves as the independent product testing organization for the U.S. Arthritis Foundation.