• Richard Duncan

Remodels and Home Automation

We really like home tech as one part of the support infrastructure in older households' dwellings. A lot of the focus that we see is on problems and solutions for the oldest old, or those with serious health problems or those with dementia or high fall risks. These pretty specialized solutions are good but do not speak to the much larger, less extreme population of older folks who could adopt a range of home tech options while remodeling.

We continuously search for age appropriate, fun, and helpful home tech options. I don't see sufficient market focus in this area yet. The housing industry could really serve this market if they figured this out.

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