One of the problems we face as a society, is that while we might be living longer, we’re not having as many children as we used to. That means that in general, the population is getting older, which means more caring for the elderly. There are technological trends looking to address this like robotic suits for carers to give added strength, but in the mean time, Sentimoto is a wearable that can help keep the elderly healthy.
The Sentimoto wearable, is a still-in-development wrist mounted device that’s designed to capture and send key physiological data to loved ones and medical professionals, so that an elderly family member can remain independent, knowing that if something were to go wrong, they could get help immediately.
The device will bundle together a heart rate and temperature sensor, along with a physical activity logger. It will also track environmental information, such as ambient air temperature and humidity, which can have severe effects on elderly people if not regulated; especially for those with pre-existing or chronic conditions.
The information can be shared with a mobile application for easy viewing, letting the users themselves look at their activities on a day to day basis. How long have they been sleeping? How much exercise have they gotten lately? Is their heart rate suspiciously high?
Along with real time analytics in the cloud which can look at trends over time and offer prompts for extra sleep or exercise, if a pattern emerges that they slip at certain times of the month, or if there are any major changes with a person’s physiology, this information can be shared with family members so someone is never too far away and can help analyse the data if it’s confusing.
There’s no cost associated with the Sentimoto wrist band at the moment, since there isn’t a finalised product, but it’s an interesting concept that looks to be coming on apace.
The difficulty with a product like the Sentimoto, is that new technology is not something that older people adapt to using easily. The advantage there of course is that the Sentimoto doesn’t need them too. Its ramifications for personal privacy would also need to be clearly outlined, so that nobody feels exploited by having their information constantly collated.
The Sentimoto seems like a pretty capable product. It’ll be handy for carers and family members that want to keep an eye on their ageing relatives, though I’m not so sure it’ll be that useful for the elderly people themselves.