CES 2011: Networking Device Keeps Seniors and Family in Touch
More freedom for both seniors, and those who look after them.
CREDIT: Pomdevices, LLC
LAS VEGAS - With the Baby Boom generation entering retirement age, more Americans than ever will find themselves caring for an elderly loved one. The right communications technology can make that task less burdensome on the young and make life freer for the senior citizen.
Devices at the 2011 CES such as the Sonamba grant more autonomy for both seniors and care givers by keeping them in touch automatically.
A cross between a social networking device and an nurse, the Sonamba monitors seniors in their home, reminds them when to take medication and alerts family and medical staff in the case of emergencies or irregularities. Additionally, it gives the senior an intuitive, touch screen portal for emailing family and networking with friends.
Looking like a small picture frame or game controller, the Sonamba is mounted in the room where a senior spends most of his or her time. A motion tracker in the device follows the senior's routine, provides prompts for taking medication and provides a LifeCall-like panic button.
If the motion detector notices a change in behavior, such as a fall or the absence of movement, Sonamba automatically texts and emails family members and medical staff. It does the same thing if the senior fails to check in when prompted to take medication or if the senior hits the panic button. Once alerted to the problem, caregivers can check in through traditional communication devices or through the Sonamba itself.
When there isn't an emergency, the Sonamba can act as a digital picture frame or even a gaming platform, providing seniors with puzzles designed to keep their mind sharp. And as a platform for text messaging and email, it helps seniors bridge the digital divide and keep in touch with their more-tech-savvy relatives.
The Sonamba is currently available, syncs with an iPhone app and can be purchased under a number of different payment plans.