002 Stuart Smith - Disruptive Technologist

How do gaming, astronauts, and parliamentary papers have to do with ageing?

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Stuart Smith is an international researcher with a passion developing technologies that facilitate independent living for all ages and abilities, and he's currently the Business Development Manager (Research) at Southern Cross University.

His career has taken him from working with NASA in California to falls research in Ireland, working with Microsoft, Intel, Sony and other technology companies to develop games for older adults to not only reduce their risk of falls but in a really fun way!

Along his career in ageing, Stuart has earned the title of the Disruptive Technologist, using digital technologies to rapidly connect real people with researchers and the gaming industry to transform the way all ages live, work, and play through technology. Disruptive innovation is more than just a phrase to throw around. It's a way of thinking about how do you best use digital tools to help consumers access information, goods and services.

Do you use technology and games in your workplace or with clients? Let us know in the comments below. I'd love to hear it and learn more!

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—- Stuff we touched on —-

  1. Steven lord - Neuroscience Research Australia (https://www.neura.edu.au/staff/prof-stephen-lord/)
  2. Here’s a recent story the effects of zero gravity in astronauts also, here is a paper  that describes age-related neurovestibular changes that are associated with falls in older adults. Stuart was interested in neurovestibular changes that occur as a consequence of exposure to microgravity
  3. Before moving to Australia Stuart was working on the Technology Research for Independent Living (TRIL) Program.
  4. Keen to learn more about the fellowship that bought him back to Australia? https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants-funding/apply-funding/career-development-fellowships
  5. Want more info on Dance Dance Revolution?
    here’s a promo video Stuart did for NBN a few years ago that shows the dance mat, AND here’s a video from the IGEA that shows use of the dance mat with MS patients 
  6. Stuart also mentioned Health Informatics Australia as a great resource with brilliant networking events.
  7. We also mentioned serious games/games for purpose - Here’s an article on serious games in health  or here is an ABC Good Game story he did a few years ago.
  8. Stuart Smith is also working on an international exercise challenge between different aged care sites.  This is still  in development phase (in Aug 2018) but will make use of the Cybercycle and extend some of the work by his soon-to-be collaborator Dr Cay Anderson-Hanley

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