Slate Writes About SimplyHome-Voted #1
Your picks for the best "Data for a Better Planet" ideas.
By Michael AggerPosted Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at 3:26 PM ET
Thanks to everyone who submitted ideas for the "Data for a Better Planet" Hive. Let's start with the top vote-getters and conclude with an appealing, left-field suggestion.
The headline writer in me likes to think that this idea leaped to the top because of its catchy title, but more likely a lot of us are worried about aging boomer parents. SimplyHome is a system that can "collect and record data of typical behaviors and activities of daily living inside the homes of older adults." It's sort of a 21st-century version of Life Call, but instead of a button to press when Grandma's fallen and can't get up, this system offers, among other improvements, a panoramic camera in her living room that the family can access via a secure Web site. SimplyHome tailors its setups to each individual, but the aggregate data would be useful for social scientists. Read More