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.
Click here to view the recent LA40 show.
The reason why I liked this particular show so much is because host Katerina Cozias, of LA40, interviewed spiritual leader, Sara Landon. Katerina’s show is all about giving yourself the opportunity to make the changes you want to in life, no matter how old you are. This holds true for lifestyle and career. It’s never too late for Chapter Two.
Too many seniors are still not happy with the choices they made in their lives. I hear complaints all the time. While I’m not really into practicing spiritual rituals on a daily basis, I surely believe in mediation and its benefits. I also truly believe that I am the only one who could make me happy. I wish others understood how to get out of their funk and to believe in themselves. We don’t have time to waste.
You don’t have to believe in anyone other than yourself. When you hear what Sara had to say, try not to judge her for being so confident in her wisdom. The key is to appreciate the thoughts she shares and the joy you can achieve.
I hope you listen and enjoy.
Sara Landon is a globally celebrated transformational leader, spiritual teacher, and channel of The Council. She is also an inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and business strategy consultant. Her vision is to help create an awakened world and inspire the rapid manifestation of The New Earth. She believes through self-transformation, spiritual awakening, intentional manifestation, and conscious living, everyone can create a joyous, abundant, harmonious life.
Her numerous books and courses include Manifesting Your Soul’s Desires, The Secret To Everything Your Want: Health, Wealth, and Relationships, Remembering The Truth Of You, Opening The Doors To Your Abundance, Realizing Your Perfect Health, The Role Of The Conscious Man In An Awakening World, and Addictions: A New Perspective On Your Wholeness.
I was walking the aisles of CES in Las Vegas when all of a sudden I saw the future, the AvatarMind iPal™ Robot. I knew immediately that this was an innovation I wanted to be associated with as soon as possible.
As luck would have it, the first person I approached at the iPal booth turned out to be the CEO. He told me he is marketing the iPal for the children, elder care, hospitality and retail market.
You are one of the first humans to see this robot. Check out the video
iPal is a fun companion. It can talk, dance, tell stories, play games, encourage physical activity, and enable them to chat with friends, share videos, and safely connect to the internet and social media.
iPal is a teacher for their children with spoken language learning and tablet-based educational programs, providing educational content in an engaging manner that supports social development and encourages interest in science and technology. Parents can remotely control iPal and monitor their child’s safety and activity on their smartphone or desktop from anywhere and at any time.
Many elders are alone and lonely. They often have problems keeping track of everyday activities, such as taking their medicine. iPal is a constant companion that supplements personal care services and provides security with alerts for many medical emergencies such as falling down.
An example is a chain of children’s stores where iPal greets children when they come in the door, entertains them, tells them about products, etc. Another is as a concierge/greeter in hotels to provide guests with a higher level of personal service.
I’ll let you know about future developments. The iPal Robots will be available mid-year.
Stories I wanted to share with you.
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