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NV AARP Members Judge Products at CES

PHOTO: Several members of AARP Nevada are offering their opinion on some of the new technologies being unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
PHOTO: Several members of AARP Nevada are offering their opinion on some of the new technologies being unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
January 9, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Members of AARP offered opinions on some of the new technologies unveiled at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. Mark Eisele was among those judging offerings in the product competition called the "50-Plus IT List."

Eisele said it was an amazing experience to see firsthand the products geared toward people age 50 and older. A lot of the technology is focused on health and wellness, he noted.

"They had the apps that were the heart-rate monitors. They had the blood-pressure monitors. Again, that's something that's not just for older people," he said.

According to AARP, baby boomers are spending more on technology than any other age group. They are exploring health and fitness innovations, home security and road safety applications, home entertainment and more. Nevada is home to more than 1 million residents age 50 and older.

CES also showcased wearable technology such as glasses and watches that act like smartphones and personal computers. Contrary to the possible cultural assumption that technology is a young person's arena, Eisele said many people in his age group are tech-savvy.

"We all have Twitter accounts, we all have Facebook accounts, definitely Skype, FaceTime - all of the latest technology. Definitely all of my friends that are my age, we have," he added.

In addition to using technology in his personal life, Eisele said he uses music apps to help in his job as a violin teacher.

AARP Nevada spokeswoman Hillary Grey said 50 of their members attended CES this week.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - NV