Seniors connected from head to toe, diapers to glasses
How to respond to the aging of the population and the lack of human resources to take care of isolated, sick or dependent elderly people? Tech companies are responding with “smart” sensors at the Las Vegas electronics show, which ends this Friday.
In the event of a fall, Technis’ connected ground is the first to know. It can even predict loss of balance.
Under the carpet, pressure sensors calculate the number of steps, the frequency of use of the toilet, and analyze how people move, thanks to artificial intelligence (AI). They then pass the information on to medical staff.
She analyzes the urine, takes the temperature and finds the lost residents: Smardii is a small disc that costs US $ 99 and clips onto the front of the protection, which is itself equipped with disposable sensors.
The Miami-based start-up has already signed contracts with several retirement homes in the United States, France and Italy.
“As people are mobile, we need a solution on the person, which encompasses everything”, explains Sébastien Gaddini, the founder of Smardii.
And the idea of wearing sensors in such an intimate area? “When asked if you prefer that it take several days to detect a urinary tract infection or that it be instantaneous, the choice is quickly made,” he replies.
The Japanese brand Xenoma designs “smart” pajamas, with or without stripes, which analyze the quality of sleep.
During the day, they can team up with the connected speaker, which encourages exercise.
According to Xonoma, these sensors integrated into the fabric make it possible to retrieve information remotely and in an “imperceptible” way.
“Do you know that mom has eaten less this week than last week?”
The CarePredict watch knows where you are, how long it takes to eat or to brush your teeth. And she shares the info with your loved ones or your healthcare team.
Worn as a preventive measure, it identifies changes in habit. A drop in appetite or activity may indicate the onset of depression, for example.
No sophisticated screen on the watch, just a button to communicate, like a walkie-talkie.
“It doesn’t bother people because the watch doesn’t share intimate information,” said Jerry Wilmink, sales manager at CarePredict.
A parrot on the shoulder
Perched on the back of the wheelchair, the camera in the shape of a colorful parrot observes with its electronic pupils the entourage of the disabled or elderly person, who controls it from a tablet armed with the armrest.
“This way she can even see the people behind her, on her screen,” says David Hoja, co-founder of Loro (parrot, in Spanish).
In case of difficulty expressing himself, Loro takes over and speaks for him.
The software’s AI recognizes objects in the person’s field of vision and helps them formulate sentences more quickly, by predicting their needs (I would like … “a bottle of water”, for example).
A few dozen people have adopted the parrot at this point. It costs US $ 1,000 and requires a monthly subscription.
They will not soften the fall, but may alert the emergency services. Ellcie Healthy glasses have lenses for sight and sensors that detect “sudden or soft falls”.
In the Sekisui House, the ceiling plays the spies, thanks to sensors that detect the heartbeat. In the event of cardiac arrest, they alert agents who call for help and unlock the door for them after verifying their identity via the cameras on the landing.
“Unlike the drugs you have to think about taking and the accessories you have to think about wearing, you don’t have to worry about technology, it’s integrated into your environment,” says Brian Anthony, professor from Massachusetts. Institue of Technology invited by the brand.
The co-founder of Ejenta designed the AI that monitors the biometric data of NASA astronauts during their space walks and communicates with them, for example, to tell them that they will soon run out of oxygen.
Ejenta has set up this system for patients aged 85-90: their technology collects data from all available connected sensors and accessories and informs people and their healthcare team accordingly. She can also answer questions.
“This is where the future is going,” says Rachna Dhamija. “All the sensors will generate data and we will need platforms like this to exploit them”.