In 2010 there were reportedly 40.3 million people over the age of 65, 13.5% of the total population in the US. The baby boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) numbers more than 75 million and their ranks will considerably swell the retirement population in America.
Aging baby boomers and even their parents are benefitting from improved health and medical care which is enabling them to maintain active and independent life styles for as long as possible. The question becomes how to keep seniors safe in their homes when the inevitable changes in health and mobility occurs. And more importantly, how to be sure that help arrives on the scene as soon as needed, especially when children or caregivers are not on site?
Samsung Electronics, an international giant in the field of communications and internet technology and infrastructure development and Mybitat, an internet start-up concentrating on Internet of Things (IoT), recently announced a new collaboration to develop a cloud-based technology that combines sensors with behavior analytics to produce a diagnostic tool that can assess a senior’s daily health and routine. The analytical tools developed by Mybitat, combined with Samsung’s sensors and intelligence algorithms, will detect changes in a senior’s behavior and send out an alert to caregivers. The goal of the technology is to improve quality of life for seniors and enable them to live on their own for as long as possible.
Samsung developers see many opportunities to utilize new technologies to improve the quality of life for seniors. Mybitat’s mission is to “provide life-changing solutions for the habitats of seniors.” They are a natural fit for this exciting collaboration which is being nurtured in the Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, California. The Strategy and Innovation Center, founded in 2013 was launched by Samsung to accelerate technology development particularly in the areas of mobile devices, cloud infrastructure, IoT technologies and mobile security. Mybitat founder Mati Kochavi sees the collaboration as vital to the overall goal of enabling seniors to live healthier lives in the familiar surroundings of their own home.
All details of the system have not been released, but it is clear that this is great news for seniors who will have the latest digital innovation to keep them living safely in their own home environment for as long possible.