Virtual reality for seniors uses technology for personalized therapy sessions

Virtual reality for seniors - VR equipment

The VR tech makes it possible for the elderly to enjoy their memories by reliving them. A Toronto, Canada non-profit launched by a palliative care doctor and a music producer is using virtual reality for seniors to provide them with the opportunity to relive their favorite memories while experiencing highly personalized therapy. The VR therapy was found to provide elderly patients with physical and psychological benefits. “It improves both physical and psychology symptoms,” said Dr. Ginah Kim, one of the Express Service Society’s co-founders. “A big part of improving people’s…

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Fitbit acquisition by Google is now complete, despite controversy

Fitbit acquisition - person wearing Fitbit device

Following considerable regulatory scrutiny, Alphabet now owns the fitness tracking company. After having undergone regulatory scrutiny both in the United States and by the European Union, the Fitbit acquisition by Google’s parent company Alphabet has become official. Among the primary concerns voiced about this deal is that Google would receive massive data quantities. The Fitbit acquisition gives Google access to a substantial amount of logged user health data. This was among the primary regulatory concerns for the deal. The reason is that targeted advertising is central to Google’s revenue. Therefore,…

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QR code inventor happy with its use in battle against COVID-19

QR code inventor - COVID-19

Masahiro Hara first developed the square black and white barcodes for the automotive industry. When Masahiro Hara first became the QR code inventor a quarter of a century ago, the idea was to solve a problem that had nothing to do with public health. When the idea came to him, he ran off from a lunchtime game of Go to make it happen. It was the look of the ancient strategy game and the way the stones were arranged on the playing board that inspired the QR code inventor to…

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California COVID-19 iPhone contact tracing app launches to provide exposure notifications

California COVID-19 iPhone contact tracing - mobile phone with contact tracing app

Following a pilot program last month, the state has now rolled out the application. The California COVID-19 iPhone contact tracing app was launched last week. This followed a pilot of the application last month, almost six months after Google and Apple first made the Android and iPhone feature available. The state is aiming to use the app to help its 40 million residents to remain safer during the pandemic. Many other US states – and a number of countries worldwide, for that matter – have been using the technology in…

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Massachusetts town of Orange launches festive QR code tour

QR code Tour - Christmas Tree in City

The town’s merchants group organized the experience in lieu of its traditional “Santa Comes to Town”. Orange Merchants Group members in the town of Orange, Massachusetts are using a holiday QR code tour to keep residents safe but festive at the same time. The goal was to keep up the Yuletide cheer while keeping up COVID-19 spread-prevention safety protocols by altering the traditional annual “Santa Comes to Orange” event. Residents are invited to wear their masks and drive a 12-stop barcoded route throughout the town. Along the QR code tour,…

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