At CES 2019, U.S Korean start-up Xandar Kardian unveiled a new smart home monitoring device intended for seniors. The home health emergency device NZEL100 PERS, personal emergency response system, provides an SOS Sequence, three ways of calling for help as well as well as monitoring of vitals. To get help, seniors can either push a button, use a voice command through Amazon Alexa, or gesture towards the device. From there, the system will notify nine of the user’s registered caretakers via a push or voice notification. If none of the caretakers respond to the notifications, an optional emergency dialing system can call 911 for the user.
Aside from the help trigger, the NZEL100 PERS device can also detect falls without the user having to wear a device or use a security camera. Kadian’s PERS device uses artificial intelligence to detect falls and automatically asks for assistance if a fall is detected. Along with fall detection, the device features Proactive Health Monitoring including resting heart rate/ breathing rate, sleep apnea, and a movement index. If caretakers or emergency services are called, they can get the user’s vitals before even arriving at their house.
While not currently on the market, consumers can pre-register to buy the NZEL100 PERS device for $35 on the Kardian website. Along with their PERS devices, users will receive an exclusive gift for their early signup. The device connects through Wi-fi, 4G, and GPS and requires a $99 initial setup fee. The device also features a smart LED lamp, making it easier to find.
Given the demand for independent senior living, Kardian is not the only company to invest in senior home automation. Essence, a smart home company, has made a line of senior safety products similar to Kardian’s NZEL100 PERS device, with fall detection, artificial intelligence, and easy connection to emergency services. More devices are expected, as the home health monitoring market will reach $32 billion by 2023, while the PERS market will reach $11 billion by 2025, according to Link. With an aging population, Kardian’s PERS device is more relevant than ever.
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