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The PERS industry must do a better job of serving seniors

These are tech transition times for everyone – including seniors and their devices.  In case you didn’t see it, the Pew numbers about smartphone use are out – 27% of the 65+ have smartphones, up from 19% last year. Given the date of that data (from last fall), let’s just assume that this number is actually lower than today's reality.  So why should a PERS reseller or manufacturer care?  First because carriers don’t want to sell feature/clamshell phones any more. They make it difficult to even find them. They are selling smartphones to people who don’t want or use all of the features they have, but they’re buying them anyway because that is what they’re being sold.  In retrospect, Philips Lifeline might have seen the near term PERS future – and it could be a smartphone – and thus an app. And thus -- why have more than one device? And why not pair a tiny pendant or clip to a smartphone? Or make a watch?

Wearable Alert Device From VSN Mobil Is Crucial Connection to Summon Help Anywhere

03/23/2015

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2014) - Personal security and safety are things everyone values, but they're often taken for granted. Today, VSN Mobil introduces the V.ALRT, Personal Emergency Alert Device, a small wearable device that works with a smartphone to send out urgent calls and texts at the touch of a small button, summoning help wherever and whenever someone should need it. The V.ALRT is available for purchase starting on May 29th at www.VSNMobil.com and Amazon.com for $59.99.

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Five (pretty smart) watches – acknowledging that seniors exist

Should smart watches target and serve seniors? Erik Wicklund observed in mHealth News that the smartwatch hype about Apple’s rock-the-world has mesmerized the media. He mentions Microsoft Band and Pebble. Really from a hype-opmeter perspective, that was gracious, but those products already shipping are not generally thought of as ‘MAGICAL.’  Do seniors need a Smartwatch? Does anyone need all the smarts being invented?  Let’s just call that a rhetorical question for now. Note these five smart watches for seniors, in alphabetical order, information from websites or reviews. These are available now or planned to be released soon:

Burg's Cellphone Watch Targeted To Kids, Seniors

03/10/2015
Nyack, N.Y. – Burg, the maker of cellphone-equipped smart watches, is targeting its latest wearable to kids and seniors.

The $129 Burg 31, which comes with analog hands, incorporates GPS to track kids and seniors. For emergencies, it provides one-touch 911 calls and speed dialing of up to three pre-set numbers without the use of a Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

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G2I INTRODUCES SWISS MADE LIMMEX EMERGENCY WATCH TO THE U.S. MARKET

10/01/2014

G2i, Inc. announced today that it will be introducing the Swiss made Limmex AG Emergency Watch to its offerings.

The watch acts as a personal security device and is offered as a monthly service independent of the G2i's smart home system

and interactive services. The watch adds a new dimension to G2i's security offerings, and

enriches the customer's peace of mind both in and out of the home.

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ADT releases emergency response device developed by Boca’s MobileHelp

02/19/2015

ADT Corp.'s year-old health business grew this week when it launched an emergency response device developed by another Boca Raton firm, MobileHelp.

The On-The-Go Emergency Response System is a small, wearable mobile device that allows users to press a button for emergency assistance, no matter where they are.

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Honeywell Life Care Solutions and MobileHelp Announce Business Collaboration

01/05/2015

LAS VEGAS — January 5, 2015 — In order to provide consumers with a more comprehensive monitoring solution, Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Life Care Solutions, a global leader in health management technologies and remote patient monitoring, and MobileHelp, an industry leader in mobile medical alert technology, today announced they have expanded their existing business collaboration.

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