TruSense Technology – The smart home for senior citizens
Pitched as an alternative to retirement homes and emergency pendants, TruSense uses smart home gear to help senior citizens live independently for longer. Complete with motion sensing, temperature monitoring, leak detection and even voice controls, TruSense is a DIY kit of connected products sold alongside a monitoring service and an app that helps you track the habits of your aging parents so you’ll know if something unusual occurs. TruSense doesn’t actually use any of its own hardware. The motion sensors and hub come from Smart Things. TruSense uses an Amazon Echo Dot for voice control. The starter kit contains the following pieces: six motion sensors, two contact or door/window sensors, visitor sensor, smart outlet, hub and an Amazon Echo Dot.
Between these pieces, the TruSense app will track what room your parents are in, and chart their activity over time so you can see patterns and be notified if something changes. The door/window sensors can be put on the fridge or cabinet to help you keep track of their eating habits. A motion sensor in the bedroom will try to interpret when they go to sleep and let you know if they’re not getting up in the morning. To make use of TruSense’s app, you’ll need to pay a $50-per-month subscription fee, but that price includes a monitoring service. You can customize what notifications you’ll receive, and also what notifications will alert the monitoring service. Your parents can also use the Amazon Echo Dot to call the monitoring service for help.
TruSense is only available in the US. I like the idea of bringing together disparate smart home pieces for the express purpose of helping you care for your aging parents. For TruSense, using a motion tracker to monitor sleep habits or a door/window sensor to track eating might not always produce accurate results. You could open a cabinet and not get any food, but the system will still think you’ve eaten. Nevertheless, if the app and monitoring service work well, TruSense could help spot something out of the ordinary and provide some peace of mind in the meantime.
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