Startups Design Wearables for Frail Seniors

Gadgets let families monitor their elderly relations without invading privacy

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Startups Design Wearables for Frail Seniors
Fashion Forward: Designers of wearables are increasingly taking fashion into account, a trend that continues with CarePredict’s tracker for seniors.
Photo: Don West

This is the final installment in a three-part series looking at exemplars of products that demonstrate how wearable devices are increasingly infiltrating everyday life; previous articles have looked at a wearable baby monitor and an activity tracker for pet dogs. In this article we look at wearables that monitor the health of elderly people unobtrusively. Rather than giving family members details about the wearers’ daily activities, these systems function in the background and raise alerts only if anomalous behavior occurs.

Satish Movva lives just 10 miles from his parents and, as a dutiful son, sees them once a week. But last year, during a routine visit, he was surprised to see his father shuffling his feet. It had begun several days earlier, but his parents had not bothered to tell him. Movva knew, however, that shuffling could be a warning sign for serious health conditions such as heart failure.

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

His pivot from defense helped a tiny tuning-fork prevent SUV rollovers and plane crashes

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Asad Madni and the Life-Saving Sensor

In 1992, Asad M. Madni sat at the helm of BEI Sensors and Controls, overseeing a product line that included a variety of sensor and inertial-navigation devices, but its customers were less varied—mainly, the aerospace and defense electronics industries.

And he had a problem.

The Cold War had ended, crashing the U.S. defense industry. And business wasn’t going to come back anytime soon. BEI needed to identify and capture new customers—and quickly.

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