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This is a concept that, while initially odd-sounding, could prove really beneficial. The Buddy Radio is an alarm clock for seniors that, while styled like a million old-fashioned clocks before it, updates family members about the person’s well-being via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. The UK’s Sidekick Studios came up with the idea, where a simple turn of a knob could tell medial care attendants or even just that ungrateful grandson Billy that grandma needs some help. Its a sad state of affairs that we expect most communication to be from a screen, but hey, it doesn’t look like that’s changing anytime soon. Ideas like the Buddy Radio could be commonplace in a decade.

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Chris Gullo