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Smart Seniors, Smart Tech – 10 Intelligent Apps and Devices For The Elderly

Originally Featured on Networked India, Smart Seniors, Smart Tech – 10 Intelligent Apps and Devices For The Elderly – Included UnaliWear’s Watch as a top 10 must for Seniors Under Smart Seniors Whoever said technology is exclusively for the physically young and thriving?! If you’re a youth at heart and you thrive on fun things, then these 10 instances of modern mobile technology are the very things for you. Technology has something in it for everyone, and for seniors it has ‘special somethings.’ The world just showed its support for seniors’ safety on Elder Abuse Awareness Day on the 15th of this month, and now, we welcome you to these 10 devices and mobile apps that care not for your age but your well-being, and will transform your ‘old’ age into a ‘smart’ age of entertaining and nifty technology. .. The Kanega Watch: When you’re a senior, the fewer buttons you have to deal with, the better. For this very purpose, the Kanega watch was created. This stylish, voice-controlled smartwatch is the very first of its kind, and has absolutely no buttons to tick you off! All you have to do to get this device going, is talk to it. According to UnaliWear – the gadget’s parent firm – it is waterproof, does not depend on a connection to a home-based system or smartphone, and provides on-call emergency assistance – anytime, anywhere. Even more astonishing is the fact that the watch can even provide assistance when you can’t ask for it! .. Read More...

So You Have a Million-Dolla Idea. Now What? Experts Reveal How To Navigate Austin’S Booming Startup Scene

Jean Anne reveals how to navigate Austin’s Startup Scene as CEO of UnaliWear and Kanega Watch in this case study featured in Austin Monthly. Case Studies The Product: ​Kanega Watch  The founder: Jean Anne Booth The idea: A medical alert device that older adults will actually want to use.  Biggest challenge: “Getting funding, both for a physical product—it’s more expensive than an app—and a product for the aging demographic,” says Booth.  Wise words: “To succeed as an entrepreneur, you must be able to listen to feedback that isn’t aligned with what you want,” says Booth, “while staying tenacious about where you want to go.”  The Kanega Watch exists because Jean Anne Booth was worried about her mom. Joan Hall had just turned 80 and life couldn’t be better.   A former semi-pro model, she kept a busy social calendar while living on her own in San Antonio. But there were things that concerned her daughter, like when Hall took her pulmonary medicine incorrectly. Booth tackled the situation with the pragmatism characteristic of her background as an engineer and CEO. “I knew Mom was getting a little frail, so I researched the options,” she says. But when she showed Hall a spreadsheet of alert devices, “She looked at me with her teeth clenched and said, ‘Don’t get that for me. I’m not wearing it.’”  Booth couldn’t blame her. From big red “HELP” buttons to clunky plastic bracelets, medical alert devices for the elderly are embarrassing, inconvenient and ugly. Since Booth is a serial entrepreneur who has been a founder or leading member of three startups, two of which sold to Texas Instruments and Apple,...

TechRadar Features the UnaliWear Kanega Watch: 5 ways wearables will transform the lives of the elderly It’s not all about Apple Watches – wearable tech is bringing radical change

Thank you Tech Radar for Mentioning our UnaliWear Kanega Watch.  The following is an excerpt from the original article: Most of us think of wearables in terms of smartwatches and fitness trackers, gadgets that can help us be fitter and more efficient. But for some people, they’re far more important than that – these wearables are the difference between dependency and freedom. They might not hit the headlines as often as the shiny new wrist jewellery from Apple and Samsung, but wearables for older people are fast becoming an essential way to keep them safe, healthy and happy. It’s early days yet, but already we’re seeing some impressive technological innovation to improve the lives of those later in life – and the even better news is they’ll be easy enough for even the most averse of technophobes to use safely and happily. Everyone wants their loved ones to be safe, and in the case of older relatives and friends, the risks are more worrying, especially if you live a distance away. Wearables can help keep these people safe by connecting them to relatives or the emergency services in the event of an accident – even if they’re unable to call for help themselves. The Kickstarter-funded KanegaWatch from UnaliWear – available for sale later this year – can detect falls and long periods of non-movement and raise the alarm. Working through voice control and without the need for a connected smartphone, the watch notices if the wearer has been immobile for a while and asks if they’re OK. If there’s no response, the device can contact designated people or the...

How wearables can improve independence for the elderly

It’s a known fact that reaching a significantly older age is increasingly likely with the kinds of technology and medicine available today. In the UK, the over 65 population grew from 9.4 million in 2011 to 10.4 million, encompassing 16% of the population. Similar growth has been reported in the US. With an aging population, and many of us living for much longer comes the responsibility involved in caring for elderly relatives and loved ones – and your children caring for you once you’ve hit retirement age. It’s something you want to think about, and it can be a touchy subject. But like it or not, we’re all going to be at that stage in life meaning a helping hand wouldn’t hurt. While residential care is an option, many people want to maintain their independence rather than feel like they’re being treated as an elderly person. Home care is another option, but not everyone wants a stranger visiting regularly. That’s where a growing trend of wearable devices aimed specifically at the older, independent market can help. The global wearable medical devices market is estimated at $3.3 billion as of 2015, yet in contrast, $6.3 billion has been spent in the US alone on glucose test strips for blood sugar level monitoring. Diabetes is just one of the chronic diseases that the elderly frequently suffer from with 80% of senior citizens suffering from one or more chronic diseases. It’s also a field in which wearables are slowly building respectability with projects such as arecent trial by the NHS paving the way. Other concerns include dementia and numerous cognitive issues. A simple...

Health Tech Insider: Lend Your Voice to Help Senior Tech

Many fitness and other wearable devices are targeted at young, able consumers with plenty of disposable income and apparently low expectations of functionality for such products. Many of these products are not well suited to the needs of the elderly, where complex user interfaces and small displays pose significant barriers to their use.   UnaliWear is a company that is building a watch for seniors from the ground up. The company name is derived from the Cherokee word “Unalii” for “friend.” Their smartwatch for seniors is called “Kanega,” which is Cherokee for “speak,” which gives a strong indication of how it is intended to work. Using the spoken word as the primary user interface, the watch will allow users to do everything from ask for directions home to call for help in an emergency. The watch will provide medication reminders, fall detection, and more. Most important, it looks like a normal watch, so there is no stigma of wearing an assistive device. But in order to do this, it needs to understand what is being said. The developers are building their own database of sound samples of different key phrases, and they are asking for your help. You can go to their website and read a series of phrases into your computer or mobile device. It takes about five minutes, and you’ll be helping create a smartwatch that seniors can simply talk to when they need...

Thank you, Austin Woman!

Thank you, Austin Woman and Austin Women in Technology.  Jean Anne Booth is a finalist for Women-led Business of the Year in the 2016 Woman’s Way Awards. There were 215+ applications and we were selected by a committee comprised of some of Austin’s most respected and influential women.   We were nominated by the Austin Women in Technology. Please join us in celebrating this honor and find out who will be taking home the awards in each category on June 9th at One World Theatre.   For more information about attending the evening event, please click here! From all of us at UnaliWear, we look forward to seeing you and celebrating the amazing women in this community together!   Lastly, congratulations to all our fellow Women colleagues who are finalists as...

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