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The future is set in McCarthy & Stone via new ‘cognitive home’ report

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March 1 2017

The future is set in McCarthy & Stone via new ‘cognitive home’ report
Retirement home provider McCarthy & Stone has cast one eye to the future as it marks 40 years in business by outlining how an intelligent home might look for tomorrow’s retirees.

Gone are floral sofas, tea caddies and carers and in come ‘active chairs’, ‘kitchen robotic arms’ and ‘care o bots’ within an intelligent ‘cognitive home’.

The vision is contained within the providers Home Start Home report, authored by the Agile Ageing Alliance, which seeks to illustrate what the next 40 years of technological advancement will mean for older people.

McCarthy & Stone’s chief information officer Tracey McDermott, commented: “Helping older people to move at the right time and in the right way could enable them to live independently for longer and improve their quality of life, at the same time as freeing up homes for other buyers and reducing costs to the social care and health systems.”

It is predicted that 32m people will be aged 60 and over by 2039 while in Scotland alone there will be 1.47m people aged 65 and above by 2037, necessitating greater reliance on automation and technology.
Predicted technological advances include a fall detection floor, holographic touch table and projection screen
Predicted technological advances include a fall detection floor, holographic touch table and projection screen
The humble zimmer frame will remain in use even in 2039
The humble zimmer frame will remain in use even in 2039

8 Comments

CARE-O-BOT
#1 Posted by CARE-O-BOT on 1 Mar 2017 at 16:52 PM
COMMAND LINK SEVERED. DEFAULT SETTING. CRUSH. KILL. DESTROY.
HAL9000
#2 Posted by HAL9000 on 1 Mar 2017 at 21:53 PM
I can't tell if this is a bad joke or a really clichéd attempt at jamming every single type of technology into three really badly photoshopped images.
Looks like marketing attempt gone horribly wrong.
Craig
#3 Posted by Craig on 2 Mar 2017 at 13:59 PM
I think the previous two comments are unkind. We need to start developing homes with built in tech. Most of what is indicated here either already exists or is on the horizon. They have missed some obvious tech though; wearable health indicators for one.
HAL 9000
#4 Posted by HAL 9000 on 2 Mar 2017 at 14:45 PM
Yes 'built in' tech, consider how it works with (and to) enhance the architecture. Not slap in a couple of things from starwars and the gadget show in a big white box because that looks all futuristic.
Rupert Brooke
#5 Posted by Rupert Brooke on 2 Mar 2017 at 14:46 PM
#3 Craig - do i get a choice?
If so, I'd rather die than face this.
Old Grandpa Joe
#6 Posted by Old Grandpa Joe on 2 Mar 2017 at 15:22 PM
Looks like they are doped up on valium. Why not show proper frail and realistic folk rather than silver haired generics smiling uncontrollably.
I wish this was a realistic, genuine life changing study but its a shallow PR stunt by a volume house builder who peddle rank timber kit home for us oldies.
Nairn's Bairn
#7 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 2 Mar 2017 at 15:52 PM
Apart from the fact that Michael Jackson has been brought back to life (left hand side of Image 1) the future looks pretty bleak.
MEFE
#8 Posted by MEFE on 3 Mar 2017 at 08:25 AM
I had to double check the date...was convinced this was an April Fool....

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