Parks: 40 percent US broadband households want smartphone-based medical alerts

By Aditi Pai
09:43 am
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Parks Smart HomeMore than 40 percent of US broadband households are interested in receiving medical alerts via a smartphone or another connected platform, according to a report from Parks Associates.

The report, called Smart Home Platforms for Health, assesses the potential for smart home platforms to support connected health offerings.

“About 10 percent of US broadband households have some type of smart home product, service, or both, and by 2019 the number of U.S. homes with a smart home controller will exceed 26 million,” Parks Associates Director for Mobile and Health Products Research Harry Wang said in a statement. “...The smart home could enable new value propositions in home-based health and wellness solutions and independent living products and services.”

The other use cases for home-based connected devices that Parks included in the survey were smoke or file alerts, alerts for open doors and windows, and the ability to turn lights on or off remotely.

There's a little overlap between connected health devices and smart home offerings. This year, a couple fitness device companies have started to announce smart home products or integrate their products with existing smart home offerings.

Earlier this year, Misfit launched its first device outside of the health and wellness space, a wirelessly connected color-changing light bulb called Misfit Bolt. The bulb, which is compatible with the sleep sensing functionalities of Misfit Shine, Misfit Flash, and Misfit partner Beddit, allows users to wake up in their lightest stage of sleep.

Another fitness tracking company, Jawbone, launched an online marketplace recently for some of the apps and devices that connect to the company’s UP tracker. Smart home devices that are part of the market include a SmartThings Kit, Escali's Kitchen Scale, and the Automatic smart driving assistant.

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