Elder people who live alone face a series of difficulties. In case they fall down or suffer an attack, they can wait hours until someone finds them. Several devices alert a designated person only if the senior in question has the device with him or her. Others are meant to monitor the house. The CarePredict system uses a series of sensors to anticipate a decline in health or a fall.
The CarePredict system is made of a wrist-worn sensor that is used to detect arm movements, posture and walking speed. The system also uses sensors attached to the walls of the house. After it is installed, for seven days, the system tracks the user’s movements and body orientation. During this time, the CarePredict system learns the usual pattern of activity.
After the seven days, the sensors continue to monitor the activity and track the user’s movements. When the system discovers changes in the patterns it is able to predict the eventuality of a fall or health decline. All these changes are sent by text, email or push notification to an already designated emergency contact. In this way, if anything happens, the emergency contact has already been notified and can make haste.
Satish Movva, the company’s CEO and founder, talked about the system’s tracking sensors, saying: “If someone is lying down in the bedroom, then they are probably sleeping. But if someone is lying down in the bathroom, then there is potentially an issue. If we start seeing anomalies from the baseline, then we can intervene.”
The CarePredict system was created to be both functional and with a unique design after the founder’s mother mentioned that she would not wear a health tracking device “unless it looks nice.” As a result, the first wrist-worn sensor looks like a beaded bracelet. Next on the list is a sensor that resembles a men’s watch.
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