Startups at CES showed that age-tech can help everyone – TechCrunch

Age technology startups at this year’s CES demonstrated the potential breadth of the sector. If technology can help older people live more comfortably, it can also help many other people. After all, things like mobility aids, health monitoring platforms, and long-term financial planning aren’t just useful for older adults.

Yesterday, I covered startups in the virtual presentation for AARP Innovation Labs, which has run the gamut from a financial literacy platform to a D2C startup that creates products to treat menopause.

Some of TechCrunch’s other coverage from this week included Labrador Systems’ Retriever, a robotic cart with a pull-out drawer system, shelves and an optional refrigerator. Capable of carrying up to 25 pounds, the retriever helps people with limited mobility, and can deliver loads like laundry, meals, and other things around the house. It can be voice controlled via Alexa (the startup is powered by Amazon Alexa Fund).

Sengled came out with a smart bulb capable of taking health readings, including heart rate and temperature, and tracking sleep through radar sensing. While smart screens aren’t a new idea, the Sengled lamp is not particularly annoying. As our hardware editor Brian Heater noted, “It could have some potentially useful applications for hospice care, including fall detection.”

More tech giants are getting into the home health monitoring game, including LG, which has announced that all 2021 and 2022 smart TVs will come with the telehealth platform’s Independa app. This means that people will be able to use their LG TVs to get telemedicine appointments and get a pharmacy benefits plan.

Medical device startup Eargo has launched its latest hearing aid, Eargo 6. New features include Sound Adjust, a proprietary algorithm that automatically adjusts its settings so users don’t have to switch them manually and articulate speech in noisy environments. It also includes Mask-Mode, an environmental compensation that can be set through the Eargo app so users can more clearly hear who’s wearing the masks.

Sensorscall has revealed an update to its CareAlert remote monitoring app, which integrates with Apple Watch, Fitbit, and other health trackers. A new wellness dashboard allows family members and other caregivers to see trends in daily routines, sleeping patterns, hygiene, and kitchen use. CareAlert was created by seniors who are getting older in place (or continue to live at home, often apart from other family).

Boku Emo Robot

BOCCO emo is one of the latest robots created for nursing homes. Developed by Yukai Engineering, manufacturer of the Qoobo plush robotic pillow, the Bocco emo is small enough to sit on a table and connect to medical IoT devices, monitoring patients’ vitals and alerting nurses about patients’ conditions. If the patient needs help, Boku Imo will talk to him until the nurse comes. It can also be used to inform families of patients’ conditions. BOCCO emo has already undergone a pilot program in Japan and is currently being used in hospitals in the country. The tiny robot uses “emo language,” which Yukai Engineering says means it is able to understand a user’s conversations and emotions and respond accordingly with “sound effects, facial expressions and gestures.”

Startups helping to enable independent living through the use of IoT sensors have included KoKoon from Nodeus Solutions, a network of small IoT sensors connected to a mobile application for caregivers and family members. Algorithms learn a person’s habits, and inform caregivers if there are any changes in behavior.

Other startups using a combination of IoT sensors, AI-based technology and mobile applications are Caregiver Smart Solutions, Unaide and Smart Macadam.

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