Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

Age-tech startups at this year’s CES showed the potential breadth of the sector. If technology can help an older person live more comfortably, it can help many other people too. After all, the usefulness of things like mobility aids, health monitoring platforms and long-term financial planning is not limited to the elderly.

Yesterday, I covered the startups at AARP Innovation Labs’ virtual presentation, which spanned the gamut from a financial literacy platform to a D2C startup making products to address menopause.

Some of BestFitnessBands’s other coverage this week included Labrador Systems’ Retriever, a robotic cart with a retractable tray system, shelves and an optional refrigerator. Retriever can carry up to 25 pounds, helps people with limited mobility and can deliver loads such as laundry, meals and other items around the house. It can be voice controlled via Alexa (the startup is supported by the Amazon Alexa Fund).

Sengled came up with a smart light bulb that can take health measurements, including tracking heart rate, temperature and sleep via radar detection. While smart monitors aren’t a new idea, Sengled’s light bulb is particularly unobtrusive. As our hardware editor Brian Heater noted, “it could have some potentially useful elderly care uses, including fall detection.”

More tech giants are joining the home health monitoring game, including LG, which announced that all of their smart TVs for 2021 and 2022 will ship with the app from third-party health platform Independa. This means people can use their LG TVs to make telemedicine appointments and access a pharmacy benefit plan.

Medical device startup Eargo launched its latest hearing aid, the Eargo 6. New features include Sound Adjust, a proprietary algorithm that automatically adjusts settings so users don’t have to manually change them and clarifies speech in noisy environments. It also includes Mask-Mode, an environmental compensation that can be selected via the Eargo app, allowing users to better hear people wearing masks.

Sensorscall has unveiled an update to its CareAlert remote monitoring app, which integrates with Apple Watch, Fitbit and other health tracking devices. The new wellness dashboard allows family members and other caregivers to see trends in daily routines, sleep patterns, hygiene and kitchen use. CareAlert was created by seniors who age in place (or continue to live at home, often separated from other family members).

BEECO emo robot for monitoring health signals

BOCCO emo robot

BOCCO emo is one of the latest robots made for nursing homes. Bocco emo, developed by Yukai Engineering, maker of the Qoobo plush robot cushion, is small enough to sit on a table and can be connected to medical IoT devices, monitoring patients’ vital signs and alerting nurses about the condition. of the patient. If a patient needs help, BOCCO will emo “talk” to him until a nurse arrives. It can also be used to keep families informed about the patient’s condition. BOCCO emo has already undergone a pilot program in Japan and is currently being used in hospitals across the country. The little robot uses “emo language,” which according to Yukai Engineering means it is able to understand the user’s speeches and emotions and respond accordingly with “sound effects, facial expressions and gestures.”

Startups enabling independent living through the use of IoT sensors included Nodeus Solutions’ KoKoon, a network of small IoT sensors connected to a mobile app for caregivers and family members. They are algorithms that learn a person’s habits and inform caregivers if there are behavioral changes.

Other startups using a combination of IoT sensors, AI-based technology and mobile apps include Caregiver Smart Solutions, Unaide and Smart Macadam.

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