San Diego-based senior care platform developer Independa has raised $1 million of a hoped for $4.3 million round in an effort to bankroll the deployment of its Angela software on LG Electronics' Pro:Centric-enabled commercial televisions. The Independa deal with LG was first announced at the CES event at the beginning of the year. According to report in Telecare Aware, the new funding comes from a "variety of angels".
Independa’s flagship offering is Angela, a tablet-based application that helps manage the lives and care of elderly patients who choose to stay in their homes rather than move to assisted living or nursing homes. According to Independa, Angela is a “social interaction solution tailor-made for the non-technical elderly.” The software features one-touch shortcuts to video chats, email, the Internet, Facebook, games and puzzles, and other interactive content. The interface offers large screen fonts, higher contrast and bright colors for those with poor eyesight. Angela can also remind users to take medications; keep medical and personal appointments; and remember birthdays and anniversaries.
The LG deal brings Independa's Angela software to televisions at three senior care communities in San Diego, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh. Angela is pre-loaded on the televisions and is therefore television service provider agnostic.
In April of this year, Independa announced that it had topped up its most recent round of funding to $2.35 million. Independa announced $1.6 million in funding last September and added about $750,000 in additional funds from new and existing investors, including Miramar Venture Partners and City Hill Ventures.