Granny Pods are the New Assisted Living Centers

New and innovative IoT (Internet of Things) products are connecting you to your loved ones in many new ways. MedCottages or “Granny Pods," as they are oftentimes affectionately referred to,  are self contained housing units that you can drop into your backyard - adding a second home for your aging loved one.   Being close and accessible to the caregiver and providing state of the art in in-home aging amenities, Granny Pods are an up and coming product of the Internet of Things world.   The American Association of Retired People (AARP)  estimates there are over 23 million Americans that take care of their elderly parents. However, finding the perfect place for them to live in a comfortable, familiar and safe place is difficult  and [often] expensive. On many occasions, children do not  want to leave their parents in an assisted home facility on their own, or sometimes it is not in their financial abilities  to do so either.  In addition, the aging person most often wants to maintain a certain level of independence.  They want to continue their lives in a home where they control their lives.

IoT and the tech industry have come up with new products that will make aging [and life] easier for all families. MEDCottages or “Granny Pods” are tiny homes loaded with safety features and technology.  They are designed by a Blacksburg, VA company with help from Virginia Tech.  Variations of this original design are popping up from other housing manufacturers.   In each case, the mini-homes are designed for the very specific purpose of providing a fast, convenient and safe solution to aging in place.



The basis of the Granny Pods are small modular  guest houses designed to be installed in a backyard, with all the latest high-tech medical extras. Embedded IoT devices add to the  ease of caregiving and make it accessible for those that want their elders close and taken care of with dignity. The small dwelling is hooked up to the main home’s existing sewer, water and power lines. Some of the standard features include hand railings, defibrillators, first aid supplies, lighted floorboards and a soft floor to minimize damage from falls.  From an IoT perspective devices range from voice assisted lighting, locks  and appliances control to bi-directional hands free communications with caregivers anywhere in the home.   Motion detectors can monitor for falls and send alerts accordingly.

IoT has made its way into the Medical and Health industry and, like always, it is looking for ways to make our lives easier and safer. Granny Pods are allowing elderly family members to live in high-tech backyard cottages for aging in place, assisted living, and caregiving right in their loved one’s backyard.

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Ireland could become the first ever IoT Island

Ireland to be the first IoT Island!

It looks as though Ireland will become the first smart island. The Irish government has created a great environment for tech firms to move to. That is due to their great tax incentives, Companies like IBM, Dell, Google and many more have large offices/ labs there. The country has also created quite a budget for the implementation of IoT into their cities and industries. They have already begun in several counties to create smart cities, and smart farms. Its safe to say Ireland has become a Iot Island, a sort of Iot testbed for the entire world.

Towns in Ireland have begun to implement IoT

In the town of Crossmolina in the county Mayo they have already installed a smart city lighting system. This system aims to reduce energy waste by installing smart city lights. The second thing this system does is help out the local residents use their energy more efficiently. This smart city lighting system is being handled by an American Corporation known as Silver Spring Networks. They currently have 23.6 million devices on their networks, and are now in charge of the network in mayo. Mayo isn't the only town or city helping turn Ireland int an IoT Island.

Startup IoT networks are everywhere in Ireland

Startup VT networks also is working in Ireland but on a much broader scale. VT networks is attempting to cover the entire nation's IoT network problems by implementing their SigFox network. SigFox is a low power Broad range network that reaches millions of devices from robots to smoke alarms and many others. Right now however VT networks is approaching business around Ireland with their services. Those services include Smart metering, Inventory tracking, as well as security systems. Many farming companies, notice the value of the SigFox IoT network.

Industry Giants also have projects in ireland

Tech Firm  giants like Intel, Google, and IBM all have their own projects going on also in Ireland. Intel is helping turn Croke Park into the first IoT sports stadium in the world. IBM has a joint research project going on with the Marine Institute of Ireland to monitor marine life and other aquatic happenings in Ireland. Google has a billion dollar investment riding on a micro-chip produced by Dublin based firm Movidius. Lastly in April it was announced that the mountains of Donegal would become the test site for Chinese company DJL’s rescue drones.

Our take aways

This is exactly what the united states could use. More government funded research and tax incentives for more tech firms with promising ideas to enter the Iot world. It also would take more state governments opening up to the idea of IoT implementation into our cities and towns. This new investment would also bring quite a number of new jobs. Jobs that can provide many college graduates from a variety of majors means to provide for themselves and cultivate new ideas.

for more on this topic you can read the article Silicon-republic wrote.