Technology is everywhere these days — but that doesn't make it any easier to understand. For the non-experts out there, much of the tech on sale today can be difficult to set up, confusing to use, and of questionable benefit.
It's important that the tech used by everyone, from children all the way to seniors, makes sense and is able to enrich the lives of its users. And for senior tech users especially, intuitive tech can even be life-changing or life-saving.
That's why we've prepared a list of our favorite technology products for our senior readers out there that make daily life easier and more enjoyable — both at home and on the go.
1. Put Alexa to work in any part of your home
Whether it's lights, a TV set or a thermostat, this Amazon Echo Flex is a great way to outfit your home with smart technology without breaking the bank.
The Echo Flex connects to any ordinary power outlet in your home and connects to the internet via Wi-Fi. While connected, an Alexa-powered microphone is activated that allows you to control the items plugged into the socket. Most important, though, is the Echo Flex's "mic off" button that can turn Alexa off for your convenience and privacy.
2. Control your entire TV entertainment system by voice
If you've managed to integrate Alexa into your home electronics, why stop at just your appliances? The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K puts Amazon's massive media library at your fingertips and comes with an intuitive remote control that has an Alexa mic of its own.
Now, you can control your entire entertainment setup just by voice — which means there's no need to get up off the couch and fiddle with your media center or scan through thousands of videos manually.
3. Secure your home with this smart deadbolt
This Schlage smart deadbolt is a great way to combine technology and practical security for the benefit of your home. Once it's installed, you can unlock your door with more than just your house keys. You can create unlock codes for trusted family and friends, and even unlock your house remotely in the event of an emergency.
4. Lights get brains with these voice-activated lights
Remember "The Clapper?" There's no need to clap for these Alexa-compatible Smart Lights, but they're definitely worthy of applause. Now, you can ask Alexa to turn on the lights for you when you enter your home, and the bulbs even change color for perfect mood lighting and dimming. Plus, all you need to do is screw in the bulbs, so there's no complicated setup required.
5. A high-tech photo frame for all your favorite pictures
Gone are the days where you needed an entire wall to display all of your favorite photos. Now, all you need is a digital frame in a special spot to showcase all your beloved family albums. This sleek Nixplay Widescreen Digital Frame lets you wirelessly connect your smartphone and directly share your favorite photos for everyone to see.
You can even set it to change photos at specific intervals, so you can have a full slideshow on display when guests are visiting.
6. This easy-to-use cell phone is unlocked and hearing-aid compatible
Sometimes, we just want the basics when it comes to our communication needs. This handy Snapfon ezTWO cell phone is unlocked and compatible with any carrier and features a rugged design that can handle drops. It also features built-in hearing aid compatibility, as well as an SOS button for any emergency needs.
7. Let this self-charging robotic vacuum clean the house for you
In the digital age, there's no need to over-exert yourself with sweeping the floors or vacuuming dust. This Self-charging BoostIQ robotic vacuum cleaner can keep itself powered on while tidying the floors and comes with advanced visual sensors to keep it from bumping into objects or falling off ledges.
8. This medical alert smartwatch makes sure you're never far from help
It's always wise to plan for a worst-case scenario. This Freedom Guardian Smartwatch is a great way to make sure you always have an emergency contact on hand no matter where you're going. The watch features two-way communication, weather information and GPS tracking built right in.
Plus, you can sign up for the manufacturer's 24/7 monitoring service so emergency help is there for you at the push of a button.