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Hackers tackle assisted living

Thursday, 23rd November, 2017 9:11am

A two day Analog Devices International (ADI) hackathon took place this week to explore improvements in assisted living.

Over the course of the event, 60 young hackers attempted to research and design smart solutions

and assistive technologies to enhance connectivity with the community, health monitoring, safety and security in the home and access to services while reducing visits to hospitals.

It is forecast that 20.2 per cent of the Irish population will be over 65 by 2040.

The event took place in Thomond Park but featured Cork hackers.

Colette Ryan, CareBright, explained: “From our experience, people prefer to stay at home and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

“So, caregivers and health professionals are looking for creative solutions to the familiar challenges of ensuring their safety and quality of life,” she said.

“There are many examples that technology can help users gain more independence in their daily lives, regardless of illness or physical, mental, or social disability but it can be expensive and inaccessible for many.”

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