After all, we boomers already have to listen to experts and advisers constantly reminding us that, “old age is just around the corner.” Why would we want to jump into a suit that lets us get the feel of being elderly any earlier than we have to?
Well, of course this suit, called the “Age Gain Now Empathy System,” or AGNES for short (these scientists are just so clever, aren’t they?), has a much more lofty purpose than simulating old age for entertainment’s sake.
Take a look at what the folks at M.I.T. are really up to:
Our favorite quote from the print article:
Often, visitors learn hard truths at AgeLab: many older adults don’t like products, like big-button phones, that telegraph agedness. “The reality is such that you can’t build an old man’s product, because a young man won’t buy it and an old man won’t buy it,” Professor Coughlin says.
Right you are, professor…we could have told you that no one wants a product that practically screams, “Old person here!”
Want to read the entire article? Just click here. And feel free to add your comment below – do you agree with the assertion that baby boomers have a higher expectation of old age than any generation that came before us?