We hear the word ‘sensor’ used so much when talking about technology today that it’s almost a throwaway term. From smart-phones to self-driving cars, optical, radar, lidar or ultrasound sensors are a vital piece of the final product.
At CES 2020, Vayyar Imaging, an Israel-based company, has announced a wall mountable sensor that is capable of monitoring multiple people including their activity levels, vital signs, position, and if they have fallen.
Expanding on their previous product the Walabot HOME, which could detect if someone had fallen, this new device called Vayyar HOME does not require the use of cameras or wearables, and as mentioned above can monitor many more situations. The fact that it does not use a camera means it is able to ‘see’ through certain materials that would render a camera useless. For example, it can monitor if someone has fallen or stopped breathing inside a steamy bathroom.
“Our fall detection product is protecting thousands of seniors every day, but that’s only the beginning,” said Ofer Familier, General Manager of Vayyar HOME. “Now, we can turn any room into a smart room, caring for people inside out. Vayyar HOME is like living with a doctor and a security guard rolled into one.”
The company say that their intelligent sensor can monitor multiple situations such as:
- A person’s location and position
- Vital signs, such as if a person has stopped breathing
- Time spent at rest
- Sleep patterns
- Nocturnal wandering
Using this information the system can send an alarm if any problems are detected and also predict any possible upcoming health concerns such as UTI, dementia, and disorders like sleep apnea and psychological ailments including loneliness.
There are a wide range of use cases for a product like this, from use in a hospital or nursing home to personal use at home for people who may have certain disabilities.
It could also prove to be essential to those with an elderly family member who have recently suffered sight loss, or are showing signs of early-stage cataracts; technology like this acts almost like a ‘guardian angel’, especially in situations where they live alone, or away from their adult children.