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.
Bringing families together in VR
VR for Change Alcove Challenge
Submit a game or experience that promotes health and wellness for users, particularly aging adults
AARP Community Connections
Find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic
Helping you help others during times of loss
Bringing people together around moments that matter
Turn where you live into a ``lifelong home``
Let's Be Well
Expertly curated products for health and wellness
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
Vested In U
Retirement 101 for busy biz owners
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.
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.
We may be isolated, but we don’t have to be alone. AARP Community Connections is a new website that offers steps to find help – or give it – during the coronavirus pandemic. At a time when people are self-isolating, the website connects you to support in your community. It also enables you to join or organize your own online mutual aid group to stay connected, share ideas and help your family, neighbors and those most affected by COVID-19.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let’s Be Well Boxes were expertly curated boxes designed to empower those living with a chronic condition to take care of themselves – on their own terms. After a successful series of pilots the project is being evaluated by AARP for further potential expressions. We are excited to see how Let’s Be Well might influence AARP’s customer engagement strategy in the wellness and lifestyle space.
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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.
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.