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Growing old gracefully means respect, self-confidence, independence and discretion in wearable fall detection & safety devices.

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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? is a world-first and patent-pending software application with fall detection and first alert emergency response on Android smart watches (and phones) for low-moderate aged care and other care needs markets (e.g. MS, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy.) Opportunities with the everyday smartwatch has us exploring concepts of injectable implants to identify risks before they occur to alert wearers and carers before the fall occurs. (i.e. stroke/heart attack) Ben Slater is already NFC implanted!

A big social issue exists around wearable safety hardware in the care related markets. (not just aged care. e.g. young care, DV, MS, Parkinson’s) There seems to be limited choice, lacking portability and definitely lacking discretion in the wearable safety market - and that leads to risks due to their resistance to wear emergency response pendants or wrist bands.

Thats why we created RightMinder®.

RightMinder®’s objective is to ensure that people live a quality life regardless of their age, physical or psychological state with discretion and the freedom of choice in selecting wearable hardware. 

RightMinder® allows smartwatches to function as a Fall Detection device; but arguably  the primary use will be in situations where those who are ‘self-aware' can easily sit-down and send an emergency alert (rather than search for an unreachable phone) to their Carer network if they feel a 'turn coming on' (i.e. 'uneasy' or 'woozy.’) Their smartwatch basically acts as an easily accessible panic button to their securely connected carers. As for the not-so-self-aware scenarios, we want to explore concepts of injectable implants to identify such risks and alert wearers and carers before a fall occurs.

Many elderly reject the notion of wearing obtrusive red buttons around their neck or wrist and this could represent a potential risk to themselves and worry from their loved ones. RightMinder® has been specifically designed, when paired with an Android smartwatch, to help those who require care live a dignified, respected, and independent life. (Apple coming soon)

We are extremely encouraged by the acceptance of smartwatch technology amongst our focus groups. RightMinder® has proven to be very easy to use and manage, despite the underlying complexity of the algorithms utilised.

RightMinder® also extends to people living with disabilities such as MS, dementia, brain trauma, epilepsy and for other high need individuals.

RightMinder® helps reduce the level of dependence on professional operators and on tax funded government assistance.

RightMinder® is about Peace of Mind without Being Front of Mind.

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

We are working with the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Queensland (Australia) and various Aged-Care and other care-related organisations to commence trials. We need to extend our trials into other care related communities in other countries such as US, UK, Europe and South America.

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

RightMinder started as an idea to legitimately change the way society implements the use of technology for the care of our elderly and others in need. We need access and support from like-minded people and companies to tackle these big problems. We need R&D partners to collaborate for implants to retrofit into the RightMinder system. We need assistance to secure trials and implement RightMinder into global markets. Drew Steptoe will be in New York June 27 -July 7 2017 and available to meet.

How long has your idea existed?

  • Over 1 year

This idea emerged from

  • A group brainstorm

Tell us about your work experience:

Drew Steptoe has a strong background in aged-care & other property development. Ben Slater has a strong digital marketing/advertising background and is an implanted cyborg. (google Ben Slater implant) They also happen to be great friends!

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National Channel 10 News 16April17.mp4

RightMinder - Australian National News April 16th, 2017


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Hi Kate,

Sorry I missed your query. To answer your queries about our patent pending RightMinder - please see below:

1. Explore Concepts of Injectable Implants: Ben Slater (my partner) was one of the first in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of only scores of people worldwide to be NFC implanted. Technology is advancing further to create even stronger, smarter and more-advanced injectable RFID type devices in the human body that relies on blood flow to improve battery life. The tiny residual electrical charge from blood flow helps keep the RFID charged enough for the RFID to detect and register blood flow fluctuations, pulse (and hopefully blood pressure.) The RFID then transmits that data to RightMinder for scientific analysis and determines recognition to qualify if the wearer (& carer) should be alarmed by a potential event before it actually triggers. (eg heart attack, stroke, seizure, etc.) We need University partners to help on this cause. However with Ben already implanted - he is a walking/talking human example of where the technology is headed and a fantastic knowledge base to report back to our learned University partners. Our goal is to also highlight the potential of this type of “invasive” implant in the public arena. As an implanted individual Ben received direct attacks from members of the medical fraternity (one of Australia’s top surgeons verbally abused Ben on national TV regarding his implant) and from extremist members of the public. It is precisely this behaviour that restricts medical technology growth and acceptance of such medical advances, and we wish to be advocates at the forefront of not only actual development of such devices, but leading the way in discussing its acceptance. We are advocates for change.

2. RightMinder extent to Fall Prevention: RightMinder already assists in Fall Prevention (in "first principles") by aiding the wearer to be more self-aware of impending 'fall events' such as a ‘slower’ onset of heart attack, stroke or epileptic fit etc. (Naturally this does not occur at all times - dependant on instant severity of onset) However, with the Wearer more self-aware after regularly using RightMinder, guidance from medical experts; and the added emotional acceptance that they are now prone to falls; wearers are more self-aware and ideally can sit down and simply send a fast emergency alert prior to the 'event.' Nevertheless, our concepts of exploring injectable implants is to identify those early instant onsets of an 'event' before the wearer has the chance to recognise and take action to raise the alarm before the actual event. The physical proximity of a device on the wrist which can activate a first alert with two simple taps is not to be treated lightly as an option. The simple act of not panicking, not frantically reaching for an out-of-reach phone; but simply resting and alerting help (even to someone is at the other end of a home) has been reported as far MORE effective & important - as opposed to the actual Fall Detection the device provides.

3. Older Adults forgetting to Charge SmartWatch: We already have battery life reminders that are automatically sent to both wearers and their carers to charge their watch when the watch and phone get low. Both Wearers and Carers can also easily monitor the battery life of the wearers phone and watch regardless of the battery life charge percentage level.

4. RightMinder detects falls and it also prevents falls for self-aware wearers. That is why we have an emergency call touch-screen button. We also want to detect and notify wearers & carers BEFORE the wearer becomes self-aware through exploring injectable implants to identify blood flow/pressure/pulse irregularity. This gives the wearer the most opportunity to position themselves to not hurt themselves should they fall with an impending 'event' onset.

5. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is great, but not practical 24/7 in the life of the everyday person who maybe prone to falls. However, smart house design to improve user interface/circulation and minimise slips, trips and hazards – along with good contrasting colours to help identify steps and trips always helps. (I have also been a developer of Retirement & Aged Care property development.)

We are also undertaking and seeking additional partners in the retirement and care-related fields to undertake RightMinder trials in US, UK as well as here in Australia & New Zealand.

Hopefully this adds a bit more to help answer your queries? Feel free to pm me anytime!

Kind Regards,


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