CarePredict is a startup based in Florida that developed a wearable device to help family members track the health of older relatives who want to continue living in their own homes. Called Tempo, the system has sensors on the walls of the user's home as well as sensors worn around the wrist to track activities from room to room. If there are any suspicious changes, the system will alert someone.
Through the sensors, the system is able to monitor movements and body orientation of the user, as well as which room they are in. The sensors track the data to a hub, which is also installed in the hub. The information is then sent online to be stored and analyzed. The wrist device can detect activity like arm movements, posture and walking speed.
“If someone is lying down in the bedroom, then they are probably sleeping. But if someone is lying down in the bathroom, then there is potentially an issue," said Satish Movva, founder and CEO of CarePredict.
After the initial setup, Tempo spends a week learning the user's regular routine and activity patterns. If it detect changes in these patterns later on, it sends a text message, email or push notification to a pre-designated person. The idea is that small changes, such as slower walking speeds, could help to detect a more serious issue.
Movva was inspired to create the system after seeing major changes in the health of his parents between his weekly visits. He wanted to be able to address any health concerns immediately, so he designed Tempo. The company will begin shipping out their first batch of systems later this year.