Detecting a serious car crash, summoning help via smartphone (SA)

An intriguing application of accelerometry was featured by BBC News this week. South Africa’s CrashDetech claims to be the first in detecting a serious car crash by using the accelerometer sensors in your phone that measure the g-force of an impact. The app automatically then locates the driver and dispatches the nearest ambulance with paramedics who already know the user’s medical history. Of course CrashDetech needs to access your records, but you are one of those with a PHR, right? It’s being deployed first in South Africa, which according to their website is one of the most dangerous countries in which to drive. Even worse than the NY metro area? Which sets our mind once again on wondering whatever happened to smartphone fall detection… Hat tip again to Mike Clark via Twitter.

Lively telecare system adds smartwatch-flavored PERS

[grow_thumb image=”” thumb_width=”150″ /]The Lively home telecare system, which uses a series of passive activity sensors wirelessly connected to a cellular monitoring hub, announced a ‘safety watch’ addition to its system. The wristband has a watch form factor, is waterproof and contains an emergency button with analog/digital option on its time/date watch face. The smartwatch-ish features are medication reminders and a pedometer for step tracking. When out of home, the wristband tethers to an Android (only) smartphone. Battery is good for about six months. If the button is pushed, there is a ‘countdown’ during which a call center attempts to reach the user by phone (watch is not two-way voice) prior to dispatching emergency (more…)