Wearable technology like the Jawbone Up and the Nike Fuel bracelet are designed to track the activities of active individuals training their bodies to perfection. But wearable tech can also serve the needs of the older, less active among us.
Developed by a group of students at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, the BrainTap is a system designed to help older people maintain and possibly improve their memory and hand-to-eye motor functions. The glove, fitted with LEDs and haptic feedback, corresponds to an attached retro-style box that tests the wearer's memory through light sequences. And while the system tests memory, the wearer also gets a bit of a hand workout, an important point for those suffering from arthritis.
The retro-designed box might be a bit over-the-top in terms of catering to older people (an iPad app might have been more appropriate), but the idea itself is sound. You can see the BrainTap in action in the video below.