Aside from all the big TVs, multiple new entries into the tablet space and tons of new smart phones, I spent some time and was pretty blown away at the fact the Carnegie Mellon University had their own pavilion at the CES 2011 Show. See what “could be” in the form of new consumer electronics technology, particularly as our population ages. Here’s Curt Stone, Executive in Residence at the University’s Quality of Life Technology Center, explaining the vision of the program.
The Quality of Life Technology (QoLT) Center is a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) whose mission is to transform lives in a large and growing segment of the population – people with reduced functional capabilities due to aging or disability. Future compassionate intelligent QoLT systems will monitor and communicate with a person, understand her daily needs and tasks, and provide reliable and happily-accepted assistance by compensating and substituting for diminished capabilities.