Products aimed at helping seniors have long been a part of CES, but this year there were even more than usual on display. One particularly interesting innovation presented by AARP Innovation Lab was ZIBRIO, a stability scale that predicts if the user will experience a fall in the next 12 months.
The smart technology was first developed for astronauts. The founder of ZIBRIO, Katharine Forth, is a neuroscientist; she quickly realized that the invention could also benefit people other than astronauts. The balance scale was then introduced for the elderly, healthcare providers, and fitness professionals.
ZIBRIO relies on BrioCore technology which is a powerful algorithm that quantifies balance and identifies fall risks. Validated through various studies and backed by 15 years of research, the BioCore technology is a part of the US Space Program.
Users can check and improve their balance through ZIBRIO in three simple steps. First, measure balance by standing on the Stability Home Scale for just 60 seconds. You’ll get a stability score from 1 to 10. A score from 1 to 3 means poor balance and a high risk of fall. Scores from 4 to 6 indicate moderate risk, whereas 7 and above are indicative of good balance and low risk of falling down.
The second step is to use the ZIBRIO Balance Coach app to check greater details about your balance and get personalized advice based on various pillars of balance, including sleep, mood, exercise, diet, and other habits. The coach app also tracks your weight, fall history, and habits to offer personalized recommendations for improving balance.
The third step is to practice the customized recommendations offered by the app. The individuals can improve their balance and track their progress through Stability Home scale scores.
With the rise of the global elderly population, solution such as this are much needed for improved elderly care.