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Voice & Sensor based reminder system for the House

An Amazon Alexa kind of service which uses extra sensors to provide wholesome care and reminder to the elderly

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it enable older adults to live their best possible life by preventing falls?

Older Adults who are comfortable around technology. This assistant will monitor and advise older adults about internal and external (environmental) threats that lead to fall prevention. The internal sensors will monitor the activity of the elderly and notify family members when activity stops. Moreover, it will also remind adults of the weather condition before they step out of their place.

This kind of service can be baked into Amazon's Alexa device and can be one of Alexa's skill. But the great thing about this is that it works in tandem with other sensors around the house. That means, that it alerts an older adult to take more precaution when nearing stairs or in the bathroom. This alert system makes sure that the elderly takes extra care while nearby those places that can lead fall. Moreover, this tool can be very useful in reminding medications to the older adults. Another feature of this app is that it can remind "fashion" conscious older adults to travel with a cane or walker when necessary. For eg., Mrs. Doe doesn't like using her cane (prescribed by her doctor for prevention purposes) on regular basis. But, as it rained yesterday so the roads can be wet and slippery. The Alexa Skill knows this and before Mrs. Doe steps out of the house the skill will remind her to take the cane today to support herself.

This idea emerged from the Design Jam for Healthy Aging Workshop at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. The video presentation of this idea can be found at,

What early, lightweight experiment might you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

A light prototype using Amazon's Alexa developer tools can be developed. This idea is available for Adoption.

What skills, input, or guidance from the OpenIDEO community would be most helpful in building out or refining your idea?

Which specific sensors can be used and how can we pair it up with Alexa's skill?

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

I have worked in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship sector. I have experience in Design Thinking and have also worked in the areas of sustainable technologies and innovation.


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Hi Adhish! I like that your idea leverages the power of an already existing technology/platform. Looking forward to hearing more!

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