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3rings enters the Dragons’ Den, comes out with strategic investor

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]About 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, Dragons’... 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’ Medicare... Continue Reading

3rings smart plug fundraising on Kickstarter

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]A 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 levels,... Continue Reading

3rings Plugs in to reassuring families

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /] 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 neighbors... Continue Reading

Company debuts, news: 3rings, GrandCare Systems

3rings debuts (UK) [grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]If you remember back in the landline-only days, a clever and toll-free way to let a family member or friend that you had arrived at your destination and you were fine, was to ring their number three times, then hang up. brings this idea back for older family members and their families in a slightly different form. The older person either calls 3rings or answers their call, and the system generates an ‘all’s well’ message sent to designated family, neighbors and friends via smartphone app (iOS and Android), call, text, email or web.... Continue Reading