Falls are a major concern for elderly individuals, often leading to serious injuries and even death. Traditional fall detection systems often rely on cameras or wearables, which can be intrusive or impractical. However, a new system called Zoe Care offers a more discreet and convenient solution.
Zoe Care is a device that plugs into a home router and uses existing Wi-Fi signals to detect falls. By analyzing changes in these signals, the device can effectively cover up to 800 square feet, pinpointing falls within its range. This means that no cameras or wearables are needed, protecting the privacy of users while still providing essential fall detection. The system is currently in its beta testing phase, but the company plans to release it to consumers later this year. The estimated monthly cost is $20-$25, making it an affordable option for many seniors and their families.
In addition to fall detection, Zoe Care has the potential to be used for other purposes in the future. The company is exploring ways to use the technology to monitor chronic diseases, such as heart failure and respiratory problems. This could allow for early intervention and improved health outcomes for seniors. Overall, Zoe Care is a promising new technology that could help to improve the safety and well-being of elderly individuals. By providing a non-intrusive and affordable way to detect falls, Zoe Care could give seniors and their families greater peace of mind.
Piotr Antonik, co-founder and CTO at Zoe Care, said “We’re currently beta testing with nursing homes. A consumer version will be available by the end of the year. The fall detector will be offered as a subscription service, around $20-25 per month in the U.S.”. Anotnik added “Our technology focuses on the shape of the Wi-Fi wave, not its content. No information is transmitted to the cloud. The only output is the alert message sent to caregivers or relatives when a fall is detected”. Zoe Care’s CEO Thomas Saphir said, “Zoe Fall is a manifestation of our mission to help the elderly maintain their independence. Our innovative Wi-Fi-based fall-detection solution respects privacy and offers peace of mind for millions of senior citizens,”