Hip Protectors?

CES 2018 is going on right now in Las Vegas.  Some of the tech websites I read are following CES posting articles about the interesting new and concept tech in the foreseeable future.  This one article from The Verge caught my eye.  Are you ready for this new wearable tech?

It’s a belt you wear that will deploy airbags for your hips when you fall.

 

I’ll let that sink in.

 

A belt that deploys airbags to minimize hip damage when you fall.

Wha…?  OK I understand the idea behind it.  The problem the company is trying to solve is admirable… But really? Let’s think it through.  Who is going to wear a belt all the time to minimize hip damage when falling?  That was my first thought.

My second thought was… Will there be other similar technologies for other parts of the body?  When you fall, you don’t just hit your hip.  Your elbows and your knees also are collateral damage too.  Your wrists too.

As the article goes on to say, will the elderly (target market) even adopt this technology?  Remember, it took elderly people a long time to finally get onto Facebook.  And they probably did so in order to communicate with their sons/daughters but more importantly to see pictures of their grand sons/ grand daughters that they’re sons and daughters were posting.  There’s a follow up article from The Verge that discusses this very idea of whether or not the elderly will adopt such technologies.