A prediction by the World Health Organization shows that 1 in every 6 people will be aged 60 or above by the year 2030. With an increasing prevalence of aging, we need smart and reliable solutions to enable aging-in-place. Tellus, a Japanese company supported by the AARP Innovation Labs, showcased their smart AI solution for elderly care at CES 2022.
They have created a small, non-invasive, wall-mounted AI sensor device that goes by the company name, Tellus. The device offers actionable health data for elderly care without the need for any wearables or video cameras. It monitors and analyzes the health status of a person from up to 5 meters away using radar technology. The system is intended both for residential care facilities and for private homes.
One can use the device as soon as it is plugged into an outlet. The device delivers actionable data to the concerned person in real-time through a mobile app or personal and household service (PHS). The family and caregivers receive five main types of data alerts through the sensor device: 1) wake up detection, 2) in-bed hours, 3) heart and breathing rate, 4) in room hours, and 5) fall detection.
Fall detection is an important feature for aging-in-place. With those alerts in place, people can age-in-place and live on their own with biometric data alerts sent to caregivers and family members in time. Moreover, the resident data for multiple members is available on the dashboard in summarized forms ready to be accessed any time, anywhere.
Tellus has become the certified rental equipment for elderly care in Japan and is eligible for up to 90% reimbursement for monthly rental cost. Japan has the highest population of elderly — 65 and older — among 201 countries across the world. More than 29% of their population is aged. The innovative solutions like Tellus are a great way to improve elderly care and let them age independently, if they wish so.