Exmovere LLC has unveiled a Web-based Bluetooth-enabled biosensor wristwatch dubbed "Exmocare," which is designed to help provide elderly care assistance for individuals 65 years of age and older.
Exmocare allows family and other caregivers to monitor an elderly individual's physiological and emotional health status in from afar [and in real-time!]. The "wearable sensor system" offers automated reports on the elderly individuals' vital signs including pulse, heart rate and motion. It can also assess up to ten different emotions including relaxed, worried and agitated.
Each Exmocare wristwatch runs on Windows, Windows Mobile, and/or Windows Pocket PC software. The device collects information on the wearer every 30 minutes and automatically alerts caregivers of any abnormal activity. Data is transmitted wirelessly via home PC, GSM Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or GPS car kit, which keeps tabs on the wearer's location and vehicle speed. Family and friends can opt to receive alerts via e-mail, SMS or Instant Message.
For caregivers who place higher priority on work and play than on face-to-face interaction with Grandma and Grandpa, Exmocare offers an "Exmonitor" program for Windows PCs. The program "allows you to effortlessly monitor your loved one from your Windows taskbar at home or at work," according to the company Web site.
On a related note, the Exmocare service could potentially be implemented in a hospital setting in order to help nurses and doctors monitor their patients more efficiently. It's food for thought, anyway.