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  • What’s got older generations all ears?
  • What’s got older generations all ears?
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Why audio is an ageless medium

Audio innovations are reshaping how older people interact with the world, enabling them to engage in the digital landscape in ways that feel more natural than swiping and typing. How exactly are audiobooks and voice assistants helping to bridge the technology gap between generations?

Location North America / Northern Europe

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In January 2017, London’s Design Museum unveiled an exhibition titled The New Old, which explores how technology and design can enhance the experience of old age. Meanwhile, across the pond, the Aging In America conference in March 2017 is set to dedicate more than a tenth of its sessions to technology. These shows are very much timely, with developed nations around the world facing up to ageing populations and assistive technology increasingly common in domestic settings.

One of the recurring elements in the innovations displayed at these events is audio, which appears to be pivotal ...

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