By: Julian Upton
According to Brock, in the UK, about 40% of the National Health Service (NHS) budget is spent on the over-65 age group. “Anything that can be done to keep people feeling secure, independent and ‘normal’ in their own home is going to be a big win for everyone,” he says.
Brock points out that devices like the Echo are already being adopted as an assistive technology by entrepreneurial patients and carers. A voice-driven conversational interface doesn’t require any manual dexterity to use it, so it’s immediately suited to people with conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson’s disease. Read more here.