Conpago is an IoT device that integrates with existing routine objects, such as a kettle, or coffee machine. When the appliance is in use, a connected device in a loved one's home will glow. When a user sees the glowing light from Conpago, it triggers a memory and acts as a passive way to maintain regular contact with a friend or loved one through existing daily routine. In a way this allows users to share the experience of having a cup of tea together while being in different locations.
This simple concept allows for multiple benefits to both the elderly user, caregiver and family. Because the product connects to existing daily routine, all users do not need to learn new technology to remain connected. It is also able to be used as a passive monitoring but notifying caregivers and family members that an elderly user has been active which they can check through a mobile application. This relieves the caregiver of having to constantly check in with an elderly user and also relieves them as being the often only social interaction that the elderly person gets.
With more than half of aged care residents showing symptoms of depression preventing a premature induction into aged care is fundamental for the well being of seniors. Key reasons for entering into care have been identified as social isolation and fear of undetected accidents. Social isolation has been outlined in multiple research papers as a growing health concern, the impact of which is equal to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or obesity. Improving social connection not only has a positive impact mentally, but also has a physical impact and has been proven to prolong life. Additionally to social implications, the ability to detect and send alerts in the case of an accident is equally as important in supporting ageing in place. The majority of senior emergency alarms such as medical alert pendants fail as they are easily forgotten or lost. Independent studies have concluded that the average time an elderly person spends on the floor following a fall is 15 hours. This makes our project imperative because it not only has the potential to allow seniors to remain in their homes longer but also has the ability to save lives through the early passive detection of emergencies.