You wouldn't think that an iPad app whose main draw is to vividly remind you of your own mortality would be all that appealing. But Up Inc. and photographer Sandy Nicholson have pulled it off with "0 to 100," a slideshow of interactive portraits: one new face matched with each year of an average human lifetime. The pictures are gorgeous, the faces evocative, and the stories -- told in brief interviews and videos -- are surprisingly affecting.
The immigrant in Spain who tried to auction her virginity to fund
the care of her Alzheimer's-stricken mother. The caregiver in Japan who
gives respectful "last baths" to the dying elderly. The Florida doctor
arrested for operating on an aging patient seven times for nonexistent
skin cancer. In 20 years, there will be 1 billion people over the age
of 65, and China Inc.'s Ted Fishman has found the current
examples that, along with an inexhaustible supply of demographic
trends, illustrate the knotty -- and at times terrifying -- issues of
global aging that await us.
Of all the design we saw at ICFF, this is the only one that had several passers-by cooing, "We need this!"
The two designs by Takano Heartworks perfect objects you'd never think twice about: Walkers and canes. Here's Katsumi Takeno (no relation to Takano), one of the company's product planners, showing off the Carry-Na walker and the A.I. walking stick: