A Smartwatch for Your Grandparents #WearableWednesday
A lot of attention is given to geeks and sports lovers when it comes to smartwatches, however, this one is for seniors, as reported by ChipChick. The watch is primarily designed as an alert system, but it has some other nice features. I know, that crazy commercial, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up”, starts running its cycle in your head. Hang on because this product is better than that–it’s called Lively.
So, this watch can definitely help to contact an emergency operator if your grandmother has a mishap and track steps for exercise. But, the really cool thing is that it has the ability to interact with sensors placed around the house. The sensors detect motion for ordinary activities like opening a pill box, refrigerator door or even the shower door. These don’t seem very important, but when memory starts to fail, it’s nice to know that you can be reminded of whether you have taken your pills, eaten lunch or taken a shower. Better yet, if some of these patterns change, the watch can notify family members, who are often worried about their relative’s day-to-day activities. Check out the video to see the sensors.
This product definitely has a great combo of features that are likable for seniors, including large text and icons. It’s also easy to set up since it has its own hub–no in-home internet needed. The battery is a regular long lasting variety, so there is no worry about recharging. Finally, there is a cool feature called LivelyGram that allows seniors to receive a bunch of photos and messages from their family and friends through snail mail. It seems like the company has really listened to the needs of older people, from the practical to the emotional. It’s really just a question of affording the $34.95/month charge, but then again, how much is peace of mind worth? #priceless
Maybe you aren’t old enough yet for all the bells and whistles of a notification watch, but your vision isn’t just what it used to be. Check out our handy TimeSquare Watch that combines fashion with an LED matrix. Not only can you view the time marquee style, but you can also check out the moon phases. Get in touch with your inner werewolf.
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