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Startup links families with their independent seniors

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Posted April 17, 2013
A woman walks in her room on March 18, 2011 in Angervilliers, eastern France. A new way for families to stay close to independent elders that blends modern technology with old fashioned parcel post debuted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter Tuesday.

A woman walks in her room on March 18, 2011 in Angervilliers, eastern France. A new way for families to stay close to independent elders that blends modern technology with old fashioned parcel post debuted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter Tuesday.

A new way for families to stay close to independent elders that blends modern technology with old fashioned parcel post debuted on crowd-funding website Kickstarter Tuesday.

The system—the brainchild of a startup called Lively—uses sensors and an online service to keep tabs on seniors without intruding on their lives. “There is some technology here, but the root of what we are doing is building stronger connections between elders living independently and their family members,” said Lively’s chief operating officer, David Glickman.

Unlike Kickstarter pitches for financial backers, Lively is raising money with “pre-order pledges” of $99 each.

Lively provides a set of sensors to be affixed to things such as pill boxes, refrigerators, microwave oven doors, or kitchen cabinets routinely used by seniors at home when they are eating, drinking or taking their medicine.

A “Lively Hub” that plugs into an outlet picks up signals from sensors and uses a wireless signal to relay information through cell phone towers to the San Francisco startup’s servers.

Another sensor attaches to a senior’s key chain and detects when they come or go from home.

Read more at: Phys.org

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