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Co-Founder of Amulyte
"Tech enthusiast working to solve real world problems"
I studied Mechatronics Engineering in school and spent 2 years working as a Program Manager at Microsoft. I'm now working on my own start-up (www.amulyte.com) where we are developing a pendant for seniors that allows them to keep their freedom and independence while staying connected to family members and caregivers.
I'm passionate about Human Computer Interaction and creating a great User Experience. I love technology and believe that it can be used to solve many of today's problems, helping to make people's lives better. I'm actively working on making this happen.
A senior would wear a pendant and be able to stay connected and share moments with caregivers through pictures & recorded messages. The pendant also tracks activity to monitor health and has a help button that works anywhere.
Thanks for the feedback :) I think that a simple mobile phone designed for seniors is definitely a great idea. I know there are a couple on the market, but there is definitely still room for improvement in that area. My team had talked about possibly coming out with a second device that would be more similar to a phone - something that we will explore in more details once we are done developing this current device which is more comparable to a personal emergency response device.
Thanks so much for pointing me to these resources!
Fall detection is definitely something that we want to incorporate into the device. We are already planning on having an accelerometer in the device, so being able to detect falls is definitely something we should be able to do (we've actually already started looking into this).
As for the pendant vs. bracelet thing - our plan right now is to develop a piece of technology that is modular enough to be used as either a pendant, bracelet, or clip. We are targeting the pendant use case first as that seemed to be the most desirable amongst the seniors that we initially talked to, but we definitely want to come up with a design that has multiple form factor options.
Hi Liana, I love that idea. I think that there is definitely some things we could do to enabled 2-way communication using the device. Would you want the communication to be in real-time, like on a phone? Or would you be ok with using a web or mobile app (or getting an email) to see pictures from your grandmother?