Could a robot play ping pong? Omron’s robot, Forpheus, can. It uses two vision sensors and a motion sensor to measure the position of both its opponent and the movement of the ball 80 times per second. But more amazing, Forpheus can evaluate a player’s skills, compare them to a pro’s skills, and offer suggestions for how to improve. Omron hopes Forpheus will help people improve many skills they already have, (not just ping pong) instead of just doing things for them.
Tech, like Forpheus, may someday help the 87% of aging clients who plan to age in their homes rather than move to a senior care facility. Despite this desire to age in place, it’s not always possible. If aging takes its toll on our physical and mental capabilities, it can be challenging to live in our homes independently. Smart home tech can help overcome these challenges. This article highlights cutting-edge tech that could help older clients live safer, stay socially connected, overcome hearing and communication challenges, and keep aging in the home of their choice.
“What’s This Have to Do With Financial Planning?”
Aging clients will still need your financial planning skills as the key to their financial security. But as they age, the quantity and complexity of their needs will expand beyond just their finances. For example, a client may have plenty of assets, but the thought of a potential move to a senior care facility could be depressing. This client, unaware of how smart home tech could help, feels helpless.
By staying informed about smart home tech trends, you can offer suggestions about products and services that could help them maintain their independence longer. Yes, it’s outside the typical role of “financial planning,” but it could be the key to a client’s happiness as they age.