Working together, Belgian nano-electronics research center imec and UEST, a Belgian start-up company, have started the production of smart bracelet called Zembro. The wireless product allows the elderly to connect with their relatives immediately – anytime and anywhere. The key to successful use by the elderly is a clear and easy-to-understand human interface.
Besides using GPS location tracking and smart algorithms to autonomously detect emergency situations, the bracelet also incorporates:
Environmental light sensors3-axis accelerometerLocation sensing (other than GPS) through triangularization
For more information about imec’s nano-electronics research, click here and for information about the Zembro, currently available only in Europe, click here.
Using a combination of 5 to 8 motion sensors and open/close sensors strategically placed in the home and wirelessly connected to a gateway that accesses the internet, sufficient information can be provided about the senior’s normal lifestyle. A cloud based analytics engine identifies the user’s living patterns and when variations occur, the system sends a text message to the smart phone of a care giver, family member or friend. The non-intrusive nature of the sensing and cloud analysis provides security and allows seniors to live without additional home support.
For the complete white paper from GreenPeak Technologies, click here for pdf.
The Sensara Senior Lifestyle System exists of a limited number of small sensors (5 for apartments to 8 for large houses) that are installed in someone’s home – a few motion sensors and a few open/close sensors. These sensors are installed at strategic places in the home (living room, bathroom, kitchen, hallway and front door) and they automatically connect wirelessly to a gateway that is plugged into a standard home internet router provided by their telephone or cable provider. Because these sensor devices are small, battery operated, and do not have to be worn, they are truly install and forget.