Researchers have begun using low-cost sensors in homes to monitor the elderly for health risks
Elderly Monitors: They don't make sensors like they used to Julie Keefe for New York Times
Sensor-studded clothes, carpets, and homes could track the gait of grandma or grandpa and ensure that they're not in danger of falling. The U.S. National Institute on Aging has sponsored initial research into how such wireless monitoring could better monitor the health of a growing geriatric population. The European Union has also devoted $1.5 billion to studying technologies and services for the aged.