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Photos: Technology to help older people

RFID medicine cabinets, wearable health systems and a Scrabble-playing table...
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RFID medicine cabinets, wearable health systems and a Scrabble-playing table...

At a recent open day, Accenture's labs in the south of France showed off some of the healthcare technologies it is working on.

Here Accenture researcher Agata Opalach is wearing a $5,000 vest which is measuring her vital signs and transmitting them wirelessly to the display. Such technology could be useful for monitoring patients after they have left hospital.

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This online medicine cabinet uses a digital camera to recognise which member of the family is using it and dispense information accordingly. By using RFID technology it can also tell if the right medicines are being taken out by the right people.

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Accenture's "connective table" allows the user to interact with the outside world without worrying about technology. The cameras (top) pick up on items left on the table and transmit the image to whoever the person is communicating with.

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In this example they are playing a game of Scrabble, with the moves by the other player highlighted by the ceiling-mounted projector.

Photo credit: Steve Ranger

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