CES: Watchie Finds What May Get Lost
By E.M. Wollof from SLN More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the The Cold Boot Blog Series
This week finds us smack dab in the middle of the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES for the initiated. CES is, at it's most basic, a glimpse at what we, as consumers, have to look forward to in the tech sectors of our life. There are a ton of categories that products are shown in, from health and wellness to mobile applications and home appliances. For any major tech head, CES is a golden opportunity to check out some amazing mainstream product, that being said, there will be a couple of links at the bottom if anyone wants to check it out (clicker beware, there is an "situation" involving Justin Beiber and a dancing robot, click at your own peril).
Now, on to a Health and Wellness product that I thought stood out from the usual fare. As was to be expected, the Health and Wellness sector was dominated by wrist fitness readers to compete with the UP and personal hearing aids to compete with Esteem. I would like to highlight a clever product called Watchie, purely because it has some awesome applications/implications for helping the general populous sleep a bit easier.
Watchie is a product developed by Swiss company LOSTnFOUND to aid those with dementia, Alzheimer's, or any other cognitive/physical impairment that may hinder independent living. As the name may imply, Watchie is a wristwatch type device that offers a ton of features to both the wearer and the concerned family, check out the list:
- Panic Button
- Instant position data transmitted when activated
- Fall Alert
- Watchie has an integrated "G-sensor" that can recognize and trigger a fall alert, instantly transmitting when activated
- If wandering is a concern, boundary parameters can be set up and an alert will be sent out if they are being approached
- Medical Info Alert
- Like many of the wrist tech product available now, Watchie can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, etc. and will transmit any relevant data
- A-GPS Tracking
- Pretty self-explanatory here, Watchie transmits global position
- Battery Management Improvement
- Watchie does a lot, so battery time will be a concern, but LOSTnFOUND says their battery life won't be a problem
- Integrated SIM-card
- Yes, this is the same tech that makes your phone drop that sweet Ice, Ice, Baby ringtone
- Reporting Software
- Watchie gives up to date reports on how the battery life is fairing and any change in watch status
- User Access Built In
- Watchie operates just like any other computer and can allow different users to set up profiles with different access levels
- While it may not seem like it, Watchie claims to offer a respectable amount of privacy to the wearer
There you have it, Watchie in a nutshell. As you can see, there are some amazing implications involved with this product, both for the safety of the individual wearing it, and for the concerned family members/ health practitioners. If you want to check out some more Health and Wellness innovations from CES, check out this link. For the rest of the CES coverage click through here (remember I warned you about Beiber and the dancing robot).
See you next week...