The high-tech world is providing people with more services and enjoyment than they imagined just a few years ago. People over age 50 now have a wide range of gadgets to choose from to make their lives simpler while still participating in a fast-paced environment.
Whether at home or on the road, seniors can get assistance or just have fun with the latest state-of-the-art devices. Some gadgets are expensive and others are cheap, but changing technologies allow prices to go down.
Here are six gadgets everyone over 50 should own:
1. Robot vacuums — Aging boomers can take advantage of cleaning the home with these gadgets while attend to other things. Technology is always improving. The Dyson 360 Eye Robot Vacuum, although expensive, has an advanced navigation system and greater suction abilities than other robot vacuums, Heavy.com pointed out.
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2. The Philips Airfryer — The healthy alternative to frying circulates hot air and provides an easier and less messy method compared to traditional frying, AARP reported. Rapid air technology flows around the entire unit to cook evenly and quickly, keeping food crispy on the outside and tender inside, according to Philips.
3. Mobile Passport — The free app for Android and iOS phones makes traveling abroad quick and easy. Users can quickly scan passports, take selfies, and type in flight or travel details. Many airports have faster Mobile Passport lanes.
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4. Switchmate — The smart light switch snaps over a wall switch and can be used with an accompanying smartphone app. Wherever you are, you can make lights turn on at any time, indoors and out, by controlling lighting from the phone.
5. Misfit Flash — The easily wearable fitness tracker can track the number of steps taken and athletic activities, such as running, swimming, and cycling. It also records caloric intake and the quality of sleep, Digital Trends reported. The plastic device can be worn around the wrist, and information is then passed on to your smartphone.
6. The grandPad — The device has been promoted as simpler to use than other tablets for older seniors. It comes pre-set up with no configuration options, passwords, or notifications necessary; it’s ready to go as soon as it arrives. For a monthly membership, grandPad allows seniors to digitally connect with family and friends with photos, videos, games, emails, or phone calls.