The Care Predict Tempo is an activity tracker for seniors that aims to predict the early signs of ill health. The $169 wearable device, which is similar to popular fitness bands such as Fitbit or Nike’s Fuelband, monitors the user’s day-to-day activity levels for symptoms of erratic behaviour or health issues.
The system combines a wrist-worn sensor with four battery-operated beacons placed in different rooms around the user’s home. The wristband tracks motion-sensitive data – it can tell when the wearer is walking or sitting down, for example – with location information from the hubs. Data from both the household sensors and the wearable device is wirelessly beamed to the Rhythm Journal – an online hub where the user and their loved ones can view and analyse the data.
Combining personal activity data with location information creates a meaningful context for the information, says CarePredict. “For instance, lying for two hours in the living room may be a nap, while lying in the bathroom would notify you that something might be wrong,” the company says on its website. The company will start shipping the first devices later this year.
Many fitness trackers are targeted at young, active consumers. However, a new, potentially lucrative market is opening up for sophisticated monitoring devices that help seniors maintain their independence. Meanwhile, products such as the Wonderwall, a smart entrance hall system designed to help elderly residents keep track of their personal belongings, demonstrate how intuitive technologies can be integrated into the fabric of the home. For more on this topic, see Repositioning Health, New Age Thinking: Design for the Elderly and Senior Living: A Nuanced Approach.