October 24, 2011
Personal location services device manufacturer GTX announced that its GPS-enabled shoes, developed for tracking seniors with Alzheimers, will be released later this month in the US. Aetrex Worldwide will sell the shoes, which will retail for $299.
The GPS-enabled shoe received FCC clearance in September. The tracking service will be powered by GTX's partners Omnilink and the MedicAlert Foundation...
April 27, 2011
Aging-in-place technology provider, Adiant Solutions, has released a new GPS safety and tracking bracelet aimed at families of children with autism as well as people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. The new bracelet, called S-911 offers real-time tracking for any person with a cognitive disorder that leads to the tendency to wander or run off.
The S-911 bracelet provides up-to-the-second (...
April 5, 2010
A recent article in BusinessWeek chronicled the health related activities of Spanish mobile operator Telefonica and French mobile operator Orange, which include connected knee braces, emergency alerts, location tracking, remote monitoring of pacemakers and connecting glucometers via Bluetooth.
Remote monitoring knee braces: Telefonica is working with Barcelona's Hospital de la Esperanza on a knee...
February 1, 2010
Data tsunami to overwhelm: According to a survey sponsored by Dell and conducted by HIMSS, small and medium sized hospitals in the US, Europe and China are not ready for the "wave of data" that is set to "inundate" their systems over the next couple of years. More
Another entrant in the person locator service for Alzheimer's patients and others: "Aerotel Medical Systems of Holon, Israel has...
December 23, 2009
By Laurie Orlov, Founder, Aging in Place Technology Watch
It's the end of the year and time for that wrap-up of the indicators from 2009 that will drive trends for 2010 -- what it all means -- more analysis on another day.
1. Location-aware tech enables more info, greater safety. GPS became even more useful in 2009. Verizon replaced its Chaperone service with Family Locator, The Alzheimer's...
November 9, 2009
According to the CDC, one in three people 65-years-old and older fall each year, and more than 300,000 hip fractures occur each year, mostly caused by falls. Also, one in five people die within a year of breaking their hip. As we have noted before, wireless sensors can play a big role in fall prevention. Hospitals are currently testing the $100 iShoe for some patients; AT&T, Texas Instruments...
September 21, 2009
As part of awareness initiatives for World Alzheimer's Day today, Alzheimer's Disease International released a report that estimates that "over the next 20 years, the numbers of people with dementia are anticipated to increase by 40 percent in Europe, 63 percent in North America, 77 percent in the southern Latin America ... and 89 percent in the developed Asia Pacific countries." By next year...
August 18, 2009
Healthsense's eNeighbor remote monitoring system aims to help those taking care of friends and family with Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Developed with grants from the National Institutes of Aging (NIA) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Healthsense's eNeighbor system is based on battery-operated WiFi sensors that include pressure sensors in beds to detect when a...
April 4, 2009
During his keynote at CTIA, Scripps Health's Dr. Eric Topol outlined a top ten list for conditions and diseases that are already benefiting from wireless health services or soon will. Here's Topol's Top Ten (in alphabetical order) with a figure of the number of Americans affected by each condition or disease. Did he miss any notable opportunities?
Top Ten Targets for Wireless Medicine
February 11, 2009
LoJack is not just for cars anymore. The wireless device maker that is known for helping cops find stolen cars announced today the launch of LoJack SafetyNet, a tracking system aimed at the more than 5.2 million American Alzheimer's patients who may wander off and have trouble finding their way back home again. SafetyNet leverages LoJack's Stolen Vehicle Recovery System, which is already deployed...