What we do at AARP Innovation Labs may surprise you.

But, why we do it is even more important.

Our products within AARP Innovation Labs fall underneath the categories of health, wealth and self. Innovation goes beyond age, gender, ethnicity, race, and background so, aging isn’t just about our physical health; it’s also about our emotional/mental well being, our financial resilience, our environment, our relationships and much much more.

We strive to address aging challenges from multiple angles.

Alcove VR

Bringing families together in VR

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HomeFit AR

Turn where you live into a ``lifelong home``


Bringing people together around moments that matter

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Helping you help others during times of loss

Let's Be Well

Expertly curated products for health and wellness

The travel room in Alcove, featuring pictures on the wall that will transport viewers to experiences around the world

VR for Change Alcove Challenge

Submit a game or experience that promotes health and wellness for users, particularly aging adults

Vested In U

Retirement 101 for busy biz owners

Menopause Hackster.io Challenge

We're challenging engineers, designers and creative thinkers to create a non-invasive physical solution that tackles the symptoms of menopause

Our Process

Our product development teams run like full speed mini-startups based on a human-centered design model where they transform intimate human insights into new products, services, and experiences from idea to conception.


We talk to consumers - real people - to understand their pain points and focus on bringing innovative approaches to work.


We make ideas come to life through rapid prototyping, sketching, and design thinking.

Test, Learn, Repeat

We take our prototypes to real people to test and refine based on feedback. We continue this loop until our prototype is addressing the consumer's need.


After development and proof of concept and beyond, our team works with an extended team of AARP’s highly intelligent resources to take these new solutions to millions of people.

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Alcove was built to help break down the barriers of social isolation. It is a virtual reality platform that connects family members across generations by bringing them together in a world filled with immersive experiences. Deepen bonds and create new memories with your loved ones as you journey to new places around the globe, share photo memories, travel the globe, relax with immersive mediation, engage in health and wellness activities, watch AARP shows or simply sit on your virtual couch and catch up – even when you’re physically apart.

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The travel room in Alcove, featuring pictures on the wall that will transport viewers to experiences around the world

HomeFit AR is an augmented reality app created from the solutions in the AARP HomeFit Guide. The app enables users to scan a room and discover what improvements can be made to turn where they live into a “lifelong home.” The app identifies design elements and appliances like refrigerators, sinks and stairs then provide additional information with specific “to-dos” or fixes to help make the home safer, more comfortable and a great fit.

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Confetti brings people together around moments that matter by making it easy to create a collaborative keepsake book. Confetti is unique because you can have an entire community of family and friends submit photos and messages all in one place, making it faster and easier to create a meaningful gift for someone you love.

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Digital and photobooks created from Confetti

During times of loss, Savo makes it easy for a community of people to come together and support a loved one. By answering a few questions, a task list is generated and tailored specifically to the needs of the family going through loss. From here, friends, family, coworkers and other members of the community can be invited to volunteer for tasks to help the person experiencing a loss.

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Let’s Be Well Boxes empowers people to move forward. The Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box gives those living with diabetes the practical tools to take the necessary steps and empowers them to take care of themselves – on their own terms. Inside the box are lifestyle products, resources and information that meet people’s changing needs during their journey with diabetes.

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VR for Change Alcove Challenge

Through the VR for Change Alcove Challenge, Games for Change and AARP Innovation Labs aim to inspire people to think about how we can improve our collective quality of life as we age, and enable people across all ages to experience simple and impactful VR. Using the Alcove VR platform developers are invited to submit a game or experience that promotes health and wellness for users, particularly aging adults.

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Vested in U was a pilot product of AARP Innovation Labs that helped businesses find retirement programs to offer employees. While we were able to help many people during our beta period, ultimately we did not feel like demand was strong enough to warrant launching a mature product. We plan to take our learnings and use them in future product trials.

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AARP Innovation Labs is looking for the world’s best developers who are passionate about finding ways to enhance the quality of life for women, before, during, and after menopause. We’re seeking a science-based approach to wellness and assistive technology, including AI, electronics, software, industrial design, and psychology to enable prime time women to live theirbest lives.

In this challenge, we’re calling our worldwide community of engineers, designers and creative thinkers to solve perimenopause and menopause symptoms. How will you create a non-invasive physical solution that tackles the symptoms of menopause, giving women a sense of control? Find out how you can participate in the challenge and learn more by clicking the link below.

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