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CarePredict Home: The Wearable for the Elderly That Can Save a Life

Kannon Yamada 13-01-2020

CarePredict Tempo Series 3 is an assistive wearable for the elderly that can alert family and friends in the event of an accident or illness. It’s among the best wearables for the elderly displayed Consumer Electronics Show 2020 and could potentially save the life of a loved one.

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The basic concept is simple: oftentimes critical health events like a stroke or heart attack are foreshadowed by minute changes in daily routines or biometric data, such as heart rate or blood oxygen levels. The Tempo monitors and reports such data to CarePredict. When any change in activity levels or biometric-readings occur, either the wearable or a family member can intervene before a serious event occurs.

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The company behind the Tempo 3 is CarePredict, a 7-year-old company from California. The firm specializes in developing care solutions for the elderly. And their primary product isn’t just wearables, it’s an infrastructure combining software, artificial intelligence, and hardware which CarePredict refers to as CarePredict Home. CarePredict Home is the company’s first venture into the consumer elder-care marketplace. And it isn’t just a wearable. It’s  also a software solution.

The CarePredict Home smartphone app establishes a two-way sync between the wearer of the CarePredict Tempo and the user of the app (which is oftentimes the care provider). In many ways, CarePredict Home is similar to smartwatches for kids, which allow parents to keep tabs on their children. Like smartwatches for kids, it includes an emergency-alert system which allows the wearer to call predefined numbers, such as the emergency contact or emergency services, with the touch of a button. For example, if grandma suffers a critical event, such as a heart attack, she can press one button on her bracelet and summon assistance, similar to the Life Alert. And like many assistive technologies, it’s dead-simple to use and operate.

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An issue with many senior-oriented wearables is that they are not intuitive to their users. For example, the Apple Watch was marketed as potentially being able to protect against myocardial infarction thanks to its extremely accurate ECG heart rate sensor. Unfortunately, wireless cradle chargers are by no means an intuitive technology to many seniors who grew up with replaceable batteries. Fortunately, the Tempo comes with a swappable battery which should make the device more understandable and usable by those unfamiliar with lithium-ion batteries and the odd wireless charging technologies common to many smart watches.

carepredict tempo battery replacement in action

It’s also worth noting that the Tempo comes with multiday battery life and a sensor suite that includes motion/steps, blood oxygen, and heart rate. The Tempo 3 is already available for purchase as a care solution from professional care providers. The difference between previous models and the Series 3 is that, for the first time ever, CarePredict is entering consumer markets. Its availability should be sometime in the first quarter of 2020.

Potential Issues With CarePredict Home

While CarePredict’s consumer-facing technology may have its roots in professional elder-care facilities, CarePredict has not responded to comment regarding whether their technology has received any certifications, whether their technology has false positives or false negatives for patients requiring assistance, and whether any scientific studies show a correlation between illness and activity levels prior to the illness.

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I eagerly await comment on these questions. Thanks to MakeUseOf reader DragonMouth for the questions.

 

 

 

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Related topics: CES, Health, Seniors, Wearable Technology.

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  1. Ayokunnumi A. E
    January 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Wow!
    Great and relevant article I must admit.
    I love the work you constantly put into the site and wish to see more of such.

    The product is a mind-blowing and great innovation.
    However as a lover of pets (particularly dogs), I'll love to see such products tailored to meet the needs of pet owners.

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    January 14, 2020 at 1:11 am

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  3. dragonmouth
    January 13, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    In theory it sounds great. The article sounds like a publicity release for the device.

    The article does not answer any important questions:
    What is the rate of false positives?
    How accurate is this gizmo? IOW, how likely is this device to miss precursor events or even the major events themselves?
    How extensively has the device been tested in the wild on real patients rather than just under lab conditions?
    Has the device been approved by the FDA for general use?
    Is CarePredict rushing this device to the market just to be the firstest with the mostest?

    This device, or this type of devices, needs to perform correctly and accurately first time and every time. Otherwise the consequences can be deadly. As the current commercial says "Just OK is not OK".

    • Kannon Yamada
      January 13, 2020 at 9:37 pm

      Hi, DM i'm asking CarePredict those questions right now and will update the article when I get those responses. Thanks!