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Medical alert / monitoring devices

Many medical devices exist, either in pendant form, bracelet, or subcutaneous (below the skin) that provide tracking and monitoring to emergency services and loved ones. These devices are particularly useful for people at risk and living alone.
What if there was a device that could be used non-invasively, or even an app that could detect the conditions whereby someone was at risk, unsafe or detained and alert their support network?
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Rachel Mattraw

October 17, 2011, 02:37AM
My Grandparents have this for themselves because they have gotten very old and have fallen without help before they had this. It has turned out to be very useful for them, and I think that it could be very useful in this situation as well. Great Idea!

Ana Cecilia Santos

October 04, 2011, 11:25AM
Hi Nathan!
Great inspiration and topic to come across, especially as I am very close to my family and especially concerned with my elderly family, who would greatly benefit from having a non evasive technological kind of 'alert' system for their well being at the moment. The problem is that generation isn't as digitally literate as the ones after them.

I was searching some medical care apps and came across this article on The Wall Street Journal about some of the best apps out there, for senior's medical care, it's worth checking out:

Apps are one thing that means you have to have a digital equipment with you, but if you could have some kind of device linked to your brain activity, or heart function, (thinking quite into the future maybe) it would be interesting.

Anyhow, great to read interest from other people on this topic!

Brian Hale

September 28, 2011, 19:30PM
I really like this idea. I don't think it could be used as jewelry or anything worn, as it would most likely be confiscated.

Arjan Tupan

September 28, 2011, 19:33PM
Yes, but I was thinking some sort of bracelet that has an unlock code. If the code is not used, then a message is automatically sent to the support network. The fact that it would be confiscated is the trigger for the alarm, so to speak.

Vincent Cheng

September 28, 2011, 19:40PM
Hmm...nice idea Arjan. Also have to think about concealing the existence of the alarm & code mechanism. Otherwise there may be attempts to force the person to enter the code.

Brian Hale

September 28, 2011, 19:48PM
Brilliant Arjan. You many not even need an unlock code, as the wearer would want it on him at all times. There would be no need to remove it ever, really. So it should be activated upon removal OR activated by the wearer (pushing a button or some such).

Arjan Tupan

September 28, 2011, 20:11PM
Yes, Vincent, and Brian. That was exactly what I was thinking about. Some sort of way that it gets activated upon removal. And code not necessarily being a PIN code, but a way of opening, or losing touch with skin, or...

Rejean Verret

September 29, 2011, 01:50AM
It could be paired with an subcutaneous device and when they are separated it gets activated. So no code and no evidence. We could also think of shoes or clothes that could contain the 'external' device.

Arjan Tupan

September 28, 2011, 19:07PM
Very interesting thought. Maybe in the form of jewellery?

Henken Bean

October 28, 2011, 16:35PM
I have been thinking in terms of something that is potentially edible. This way it could not be confiscated and human waste does not always travel far, if it does its monitored in some form.
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