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3rings goes Internet of Things with ‘Things That Care’ (UK)

...3rings is launching another extension of its smart plug sensor that monitors daily use of a key appliance like a tea kettle or TV with a multi-sensor IoT system. click to enlarge‘Things That Care‘ uses proprietary ‘things’ (sensors) to monitor patterns of activity and the home environment to create a safety net for an older adult, perhaps growing frailer, usually living at home alone, so that family or caregivers can ‘look in’ to see if all is fine. It also integrates the Amazon Echo interactive personal assistant as announced in June [TTA 27 June]. The other 3rings development is... Continue Reading

AI good, AI bad. Perhaps a little of both?

...and emotions via image and video analysis, facial recognition, speech analytics, and/or text analytics. click to enlargeFor our area of healthcare technology, look at #5 and #6 first–virtual assistants leveraging the older adult market like 3rings‘ interface with Amazon Echo [TTA 27 June] and sensory AI for recognition tools with broad applications in everything from telehealth to sleepytime music to video cheer-up calls. Both are on a ‘significant success’ track and in line to hit the growth phase in 1-3 years (illustration at left, click to expand). Will AI destroy a net 7 percent of US jobs by 2027? Will... Continue Reading

3rings smart plug moves to IoT through Amazon Echo (UK) (updated) to enlarge Updated. Good morning, Alexa! 3rings, the ‘smart plug’ that has been monitoring since 2015 a loved one’s or neighbor’s wellness through their daily use of a key home appliance like a kettle or TV, then reporting that activity via a mobile phone/smartphone app, has expanded to the Internet of Things (IoT) with the integration of the 3rings plug with Amazon Echo. The 3rings plug works with Echo and the Alexa avatar in two ways. The first is for family members, friends or neighbors to ‘ask Alexa’ (the Echo unit) if their loved one is safe,... Continue Reading

Here’s Howz: now electricity consumption as elder minder (UK)

...departures from that norm and alerts via the smartphone app. This bears resemblances to this Editor’s former company which developed the behavioral telecare (first and still in market) QuietCare system, but the ‘meter reader’ is a new and smart twist. Intelesant is testing Howz in 100 Manchester homes and is scheduled to be in a pilot with dementia patients at home in partnership with the Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In December, they also announced that they are a finalist with the EDF Energy Blue Lab Acceleration Programme. Howz is more comprehensive (and expensive) than 3rings‘ single appliance... Continue Reading

Who’s hiring? 3rings (UK)

...Steve Purdham, who is the Chairman of 3rings, is advising our readers of two new Business Development Manager opportunities with his company. The ‘Internet of Things’ is going to change the future of care and 3rings is at the centre of this fantastic opportunity. Due to expansion in its operation, 3rings, is looking for two ambitious BDM’s to join our digital team. If you have passion to change things then contact Steve on Full details @ 3rings has developed and markets an electrical plug that, when the appliances are used, tracks a person’s activities of daily living.... Continue Reading

81 percent interested in tech for older adult fall detection: Carnegie-Mellon

...44 percent personally or have a sibling check in on their parent daily; 33 percent check in weekly; 12 percent stop by as needed 56 percent have neighbors or staff physically check on their parent daily Not coincidentally, a team of engineers from Carnegie-Mellon are also researching active sensor technologies that gauge gait stability, dizziness and fatigue to predict and prevent falling–what at a former company we called the ‘Holy Grail’ of fall detection that can keep older adults active and well. No mention though of technology aids for ‘check in’ (see 3rings and also the original notion of QuietCare‘s... Continue Reading

3rings enters the Dragons’ Den, comes out with strategic investor to enlargeAbout two years ago, we started following 3rings, a Stoke-on-Trent (UK) company that develope an appliance plug that automatically ‘checks in’ an older person based on their morning behavior of turning on a tea kettle, TV or other appliance. We’ve received word from their CEO Steve Purdham that they’ve announced today (Thursday) a substantial strategic investment from not-for-profit insurer Westfield Health. Mr Purdham (picture left) had appeared on the BBC program Dragons’ Den with mum Iris (prominently featured in their ads) to raise £300,000 for a 10 percent share in the company. (For our US readers,... Continue Reading

‘Déjà vu all over again’ or critical mass? NYTimes looks at older adult care tech provider Eskaton uses Care Innovations’ QuietCare ; Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan LivingWell@ Home initially used WellAWARE, then acquirer Healthsense for telecare plus Honeywell HomMed (now Life Care Solutions) for telehealth. Their foundation systems date back to the early to mid 2000s. There are newer innovations for distance care (3rings in the UK) and home management (e.g. the Nest thermostat) which are seamless and less ‘fussy’ or intrusive in monitoring. Telehealth using tablets or web-based (Viterion, Vivify Health, GrandCare, Care Innovations’ Health Harmony, Panasonic On4Today), not the bulky boxes of years past, is also finding a place in medical practices’... Continue Reading

3rings smart plug fundraising on Kickstarter to enlargeA note from founder and chairman Steve Purdham brings the news that the 3rings smart plug [TTA 11 Mar], which tracks an older one’s activity through everyday actions such as turning on an electric tea kettle or TV and radio on, is raising funds on Kickstarter through 13 July. Their goal is $30,709 (£20,000) of which $10,306 (£6,712) has been raised with 24 days to go. With product design and testing complete, the funds will go towards facilitating production. Pledges start at £2 and go up to £5,000 for practically everything listed in the lower donation... Continue Reading

3rings Plugs in to reassuring families to enlarge Stoke-on-Trent’s 3rings, which we noted over a year ago [TTA 6 Feb 14] as a smartphone/call/text-based family alert system based on the older person’s phone check in, has developed a plug that will do this check in automatically. It’s based on behavior–an older person turning on or off an appliance as part of their daily routine (a tea kettle or TV), based on rules that the family sets up. The plug goes into the wall outlet with the appliance plugged into it. Usage sends a wireless signal to the 3rings portal and notifies family or... Continue Reading