As our parents and other loved ones age, it becomes more and more important to keep in touch with them to make sure they’re doing ok and to be accessible if they should have an emergency. However doing that can sometimes be complicated due to physical limitations or comprehension of new technological standards. With the Amulyte however, there’s a simple way for your at risk family members to let you know whenever there’s an issue: just press the button around their neck.
The Amulyte is a simple pendant featuring a large, depressible button, held by a simple neckband. All that the wearear need to in the event of an emergency, is press the button and a text and email will immediately be sent to anyone on your pre-set up list, letting them know you need help and whereabouts you are. If you pay for the monthly subscription premium service too, the wearer can also be connected to one of the Amulyte team via voice chat to help keep them calm and to contact emergency services if necessary.
However the Amulyte is more than just an emergency help button. It also tracks basic fitness information like steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned etc. This is all output into a companion app which can be accessed by family members, so they can make sure their loved one is getting enough exercise during the day.
If the device gets low on battery, a small light will flicker to let you know, but charging is incredibly easy thanks to a wireless QI plate included with the package.
At the time of writing, you can pre-order an Amulyte for $99 (£61) on the official site. However if you want the monthly service package, you’ll need to factor in another $30 a month.
The biggest drawback for the Amulyte, is that it seems like development might have stopped. The last social networking post from any one related to the product was January this year, with an estimated shipping date of “early 2014.” As interesting (and slightly expensive) as the product is, I don’t think it’s ever going to see the light of day.
This looks like a sad example of a company not fulfilling its promises or potentially pre-orders. Here’s hoping nobody ordered one before realising that it’s unlikely to arrive, at least on time.