Alexa was the most popular innovation at CES. Everyone was talking about her. I want to make sure that you know exactly what Alexa is all about because this voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant is going to enter your life in many ways.
This is good news for seniors. We now have a personal assistant that is capable of “voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real time information. It can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation hub.”
Alexa lives in cylinders, home security, TV sets, home management, plus, plus. Many tech categories are thinking of new ways to include the voice recognition software. It’s pretty obvious Americans love giving orders.
My co-podcaster, TV personality and Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg, and I, discussed Alexa on a recent broadcast of Lying on the Beach. If you want to learn more about Alexa from us, click here.
If you want to read more about the complexity of Alexa in the years to come from Wired, a leading tech magazine, click here.
Enjoy the information. It’s your future.
I really tried to talk my orthopedist out of it. I couldn’t bear being seen pushing a walker. I had no choice. It was either accept a walker or find myself another doctor. “If you are looking for rakhmones, (Yiddish for pity), I could recommend someone else,” my modern orthodox doctor told me today.
“You need a walker because you shouldn’t be placing any pressure on your knee. As you get older, you run the risk of having your knee collapse if the stress fracture doesn’t heal properly. Then you will have real tsouris (Yiddish for trouble).”
I asked my doctor about using crutches and he basically said that a woman my age can’t be trusted with them. The last thing I needed was to fall down. The walker was the only way to go. He recommended one with a seat in case I got tired. I got more nauseated by the minute.
The final results of the MRI was a stress fracture. We went to a medical supply store to buy the walker and a knee cuff with braces that I must wear all day. The store owner made sure I got the right size for each item. At first these things looked like foreign objects, but I’m now getting used to them. I am actually grateful that such innovations exist.
Years ago, my foot probably would have to be strapped in a bed sling and I would have been trapped there for weeks, maybe months. Now, I can be mobile, yet give my knee the care it needs. I am pretty sure that in a few years there will be a companion app for both these contraptions, allowing us to click in for height, tightness, navigation, and time management.
We live in some world. Let’s hope for the best, at least for the next four years.
Lying on the Beach is a podcast by Steve Greenberg and Lois Whitman
TV personality and Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg, and PR expert Lois Whitman, of HWH PR, can’t stop talking about the movie. They said you get a fabulous glimpse into the lives of these Hollywood stars, how they related to each other, their Hollywood compound and their friends and family. Todd Fisher, Debbie’s son, provides plenty of insight into family life. Get ready. You also get a glimpse of an elderly Eddie Fisher in his last days.
It’s absolutely eerie that documentarians Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, started this project in April 2014, and finished it 18 months later. The TV film was Carrie’s idea because she wanted to document her mother still working in her 80’s. HBO released the movie earlier than scheduled, as a tribute to these two extraordinary ladies who died one day apart in December.
Click here to hear more about what they had to say about Bright Lights on their podcast, Lying on the Beach.
This happened just before I left for CES in Las Vegas. I complicated the possible injury by walking miles with a limp. It didn’t bother me for the five days I was there, but when I got back to Miami, the throbbing began. I ignored it for a while, but now nine days later, I can’t get across the room without excruciating pain. I hobbled into an orthopedist’s office today at Mt. Sinai on Miami Beach. After an X-ray of the knee, he declared that I may have a stress fracture.
His words are still stinging in my ear, “We have to be careful with people your age because stress fractures can be problematic. They must be treated, so we have to do an MRI to see exactly what you have.”
I’m officially old. I had an MRI, and something called an MRA, a few years ago to examine my heart. Everything turned out to be completely normal, but that trip in the donut hole, really tested my stability, or the lack of it.
I hated it today too. If there is one innovation I hope for in the future, it’s a new way to do these tests. Yes, I’m very grateful for this technology, but panic-attack sticken people like me total freak when we have to hold still in a small space for 45 minutes. I was totally isolated in a round hole with clanging noises that gave me a headache. Earphones couldn’t drown out the high volume of the noise. Since it was around six o’clock at night, I kept thinking that everyone went home and I was just left there to rot.
I couldn’t stand it any longer. I squeezed the ball that sounded the alarm. It felt like forever before the technicians answered. “You’re doing fine, Lois. The film is coming out great. You only have two more minutes to go.” Ten minutes later, I was finally released. I was sweating and freezing at the same time.
As I was getting dressed, I heard a commotion in the next set of curtains. It turns out that some younger guy woke up that morning paralyzed. He couldn’t feel a thing from his waist down. After a number of day long tests, they told him he needed an immediate operation and there were no guarantees. I heard enough.
I ran out to Eliot who was waiting for me in the visitors lounge. He said, “Are you hungry?” I replied, “Only for a Cosmopolitan.” He made me one the minute we got home.
Tomorrow, the results. I can hear my mother saying, “What can be cured, can be endured.” I pray for good health for all.
TV personality and Innovation Insider Steve Greenberg and PR executive Lois Whitman just returned from CES 2017 in Las Vegas. It was the 50th anniversary of the largest trade show ever for innovative products. There were more than 3,800 exhibitors covering 2.6 million net square feet. Their feet were killing them after trying to visit every inch of CES. They were in the crowd of 175,000 industry professionals, including 55,000 folks from outside the U.S. Enjoy their CES experiences.
Eliot and I are pleased to announce that Hazel, the Broadway Bound musical we are involved in, is having a stage reading at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, Long Island, January 27th and 28th, 8PM.
We are very excited to see some of the script rewrites and changes in stage settings. This is going to be great. Hazel is wonderful and congrats to the entire staff.
This is our friend, Marsha Levine, from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. We met Marsha because she frequents Miami Beach for several weeks, or sometimes for several months, every winter to warm up. We share good, mutual friends.
I have admired Marsha ever since we first met because she lives life on her own terms. Every year she has several new missions to achieve, traveling to new exotic places plus taking several courses to learn different languages. She does this mostly on her own. Even though she is in a loving, committed relationship, her partner has other obligations and can’t venture out as much.
I wanted to interview Marsha to find out what makes her tick. Unlike many of us, who get set in our ways as we get older, Marsha keeps trying new things. She is to be admired because she keeps living life like she is ageless. Her bucket list keeps getting longer and longer. A good lesson for all of us.
Please listen to her interview. It’s inspiring.