Some of the latest concoctions dreamed up by medical device manufacturers involve complex sensor systems that can be embedded into anything from carpet to bed sheets. For example, one Eva Olweea -- an 86-year old gal who was having trouble resting at night -- was cured of her restlessness after sensor-laden sheets informed watchful researchers that excessive bloating was occurring. Once the discovery was made, the appropriate medicines were administered in order to combat the ailment.
Majd Alwan, director of the Washington-based Center for Aging Services Technologies, accurately noted that we're entering an age where a "paradigm shift" is occurring; rather than resorting first to institutionalization, individuals can now allow their loved ones to live independently for a good while longer. And to think -- it's all thanks to tiny detectors that most folks won't even know are there.