Now he logs onto a website to check their activity, captured via cellular connection, and remotely monitors their medication.
How it works: A family member programs the clock (perhaps "I love you, Mom.
It's time to take two blue pills and one yellow pill").
The San Francisco-based business advises start-ups in the aging and boomer fields. adults age 85-plus who live alone (as do one-third of those 65-plus). And just wait for the deluge of boomers who will need care. In some cases, the tracking devices are becoming cool.
Fike is seeing a lot of what she calls "connected independence" technologies, which include activity sensors that give adult children insight into their parents' daily activities and tools that let family caregivers be part of doctors' appointments remotely. A child might have a GPS watch that keeps tabs on him in the mall, while adults proudly sport activity wristbands to track their exercise and food.
One type is locked until it's time for medication; the other is unlocked.