In the early days of OhmniLabs, we chose Autodesk's Fusion360 as our design platform of choice for its powerful design tools, collaboration features, and low cost. Today, we learned that Autodesk featured us as a customer success story on their Fusion360 blog.
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Earlier this year, we started a pilot program with Home Care Assistance to explore the benefits of using our home robot, Ohmni, with residents of The Heritage Downtown retirement living community in Walnut Creek, CA. Many residents signed up to test Ohmni as a new way to communicate with their families and they've been enjoying our robots ever since!
Taking Homecare into the Future, from Helplines and Caregivers to Robots
In a New York Times article that came out September this year, author Katie Hafner writes about older adults who are experiencing loneliness at significantly higher levels. The article is titled “Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness”-- and the choice of the word “epidemic” is especially appropriate. Hafner compiles anecdotes and research that illustrate an aspect of loneliness that we as a society tend to ignore-- its very real physical effects. She quotes Dr. John T. Cacioppo, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, who says, “Denying you feel lonely makes no more sense than denying you feel hunger.” Apart from its self-evident mental and psychological aspects, chronic loneliness is associated with such physical ramnifications as increased levels of cortisol, a major stress hormone, and higher vascular resistance, which can raise blood pressure and decrease blood flow to vital organs. It’s becoming more apparent that loneliness doesn’t just hurt emotionally-- it hurts physically, too (though these distinctions are somewhat facetious-- anyone who’s feeling lonely can tell you they don’t feel well).
Do you know that one of the top fears of growing old is not being able to live in your own home. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines aging in place as "the ability to live in one's own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level". Every year, more and more seniors and their families are exploring to age in place instead of moving to aged care facilities.
To help families assess their options, we have released a FREE GUIDE on Introduction to Senior Home Safety and Comfort.
If you’ve got grandparents that need to be brought into the modern age, then these tech devices are perfect for a surprise gift this Christmas. Not only will these holiday gifts help keep your grandparents safe, they will maintain their independence and boost morale.