Contacts: Retailers Selling CE with a Twist of Innovation
Robert Walters, Blueroof Solutions, McKeesport, PA
Allegheny County, a part of Western Pennsylavnia once known for it’s booming steel mills, has the second largest population of senior citizens in the nation, second only to Dade County, Florida. Though not typically investing in high-end home entertainment systems, this population is increasingly interested in a new group of tech products that could help older adults live independently longer, an option much less expensive than the rent at assisted living facilities. Bob Walters, an electrical engineering professor turned entrepreneur, is hoping to cater to that market through a new business called Blueroof Solutions.
“I’m a professor at Penn State in electrical engineering,” says Walters, who has recently partnered with a local builder and former high school principal to sell tech-equipped “smart homes” to families in McKeesport, PA. “I saw a need to take off-the-shelf components and try to flavor them to senior citizens. It’s not a giant market yet, but it will be. We believe we’re missionaries, proving that market is cost-effective.”