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Have you ever wondered your daily life at age 75? This is a question that Dr. Jenay Beer often ponders in her work as an engineering psychologist. Beer’s unique field, intersecting science, engineering and social work, was the topic of a recent talk at TEDx Peachtree in Atlanta. Though our population is aging and living longer, most designers do not consider older adults when conceptualizing new technology. In “What Assistive Robots Can Do for Our Retirement,” Beer discusses the importance of technology designed for everyone. With examples including the Personal Robot 2, which can clean the house and deliver medication, and the tele-prescience robot, described as Skype on wheels, Beer explains that Human Robot Interaction (HRI) does not replace seeing someone in person, but can be much more personal than a telephone call. To hear Dr. Beer's Ted talk, click here.

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