A short video popped up on one of my feeds. It’s from the UK, is a few years old - but I’d never seen it:
I liked it, sent links to a few folks.
Ronni Bennett blogged it. Her take on home monitors and wearables brilliantly (and hilariously) complements the video:
Crabby Old Lady and Home Monitors for Elders
… Marketed as a way to help elders live independently at home for as long as possible, hardly anyone has spent much effort yet to find out how the spied-upon old people feel about inanimate objects acting as nannies and tattling to their human controllers …
Also read the comments.
I’ve been screaming about over-the top monitor/wearable doodads for almost a decade. A few moldy posts and two Huffpo pieces:
05 December 2009
Microsoft & AARP Study: Boomers & Tech II
… How biofeedback-onic do you really want to be while taking a walk in the woods or playing some doubles?… It’s a mark of honor to sustain a sports injury, but I’d feel rather silly if I were limping about and had to tell everyone, “I fell over while Wii-ing …”
15 October 2015
Baby Boomers Not Wearing Wearables
… While we’re not sailing around slaying metaphors, we are doing something almost as unforgivable: we’re getting old. What a curse.
And apparently we’re all supposed to strap on high-tech wearables as penance …
Never Leave The Hospital! Health Tech Wearables, Implanted Chips
I'm having issues. I'm worried that the medical industry might want me to worry too much about my health. A little worry is good. But constant worry? It seems as if they want me to think of nothing else but my vital signs for the rest of my life …
Finally Live The Life You've Always Wanted With Wearables!
… Along with Google Glasses, you'll also be wearing Google Nose and Google Mouth.
Most of these gizmos are useless, will fall by the wayside. They also may turn out to be harmful. As you get older you have to hone your senses, not lull them. These whizzing, beeping doodads are often distracting and/or give you a false sense of security.
And the ones that are helpful won’t be an easy sell. So far, most of the advertising is clumsy and patronizing.