The next big thing at 2018 CES: Gadgets with an older crowd in mind

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The Whill Model Ci was one of several gadgets designed with seniors in mind
The Whill Model Ci was one of several gadgets designed with seniors in mind

Every year, CES — that's the Consumer Electronics Show — unveils the world's latest and greatest in technology.

Many of the “wow” items are often aimed at younger consumers who are willing to pay dearly to be early adopters.

But this year, serving an aging population safely and efficiently emerged as an early, and possibly lucrative, theme.

“Millennials be damned, because this year, the best gadgets could be the ones designed for seniors,” Andrew Liszewski wrote for Gizmodo after previewing the show's trends earlier this week.

At CES: Unveiled, several devices promised extra peace of mind for caregivers, from E-Vone's custom shoes accessorized with tracking sensors that can detect falls to Hip'Air, a device that deploys personal airbags from a special belt to cushion the impact of a fall.

Then there's the $4,000 Whill Model Ci wheelchair, with its futuristic look, rugged wheels and its ability to maneuver 10 miles per charge. For the connected senior, it allows steering via mounted joystick or a mobile phone app.