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Catching up – more new and notable tech offerings
It’s time for a quick August update of more new and notable tech offerings, from emerging vendors and new offerings from existing vendors – including beta testing. Please let me know about others you know about and are not spotted via the Product Snapshots term on this site:
Eldersync (eldersync.com): This new Boston startup is in beta testing now, “hopes to be a dashboard for everyone in an aging person's life: professional caregivers manage schedules and time tracking, family members and caregivers can leave notes and communicate (securely) with just about any device, home health devices can sync to the site, doctors and professionals can share information -- an ecosystem for coordination of care.” David Bernick, CTO and Co-Founder.
WellAWARE (wellawaresystems.com): The Richmond, VA (new headquarters) is partnering with Good Samaritans in a study of effectiveness of remote monitoring encompassing 1600 individuals in 40 cities across the US. “WellAWARE will be in 800 of the units, with the other 800 as a control group. The goal of the study is to determine well-being, including evaluating sleep quality which is a major contributor to falls, with and without this monitoring.” Jeff Noce, CEO.
GrandCare Systems (grandcaresystems.com): GrandCare Systems has just launched HomeBase as an entry point “communication, socialization, webcam touch panel for sharing pictures, video, email, calendaring – and some dealers have included a concierge service request. Pricing is substantially lower than their primary product. Sensors can be integrated at a later point.” Charles Hillman, CEO.
Philips Applied Technology (philips.com): This would seem to be a big deal for Philips' own product line -- according to Philips: "The small footprint ZigBee design connects to portable, mobile and fixed products, eliminating physical cables like Ethernet. Devices have very low power consumption for long battery life of up to several years, depending on the device itself, with the mesh network design ensuring reliable coverage over a wide area. The platform offers all the communication components needed to make a complete Home Use Medical Device, including an embedded hub ‘manager’." Paul van Schendel, SVP, Philips Applied Technologies.
More in the pipeline, launching and/or announcing soon.