The world is moving fast in the political-economic dynamic. However, the most common problem faced by people is aging and getting old. Taiwan is severely suffering from this problem as it is poised to become a super-aged society in 2025 and is the most rapidly aging country worldwide. Nevertheless, technology can do wonders to look after these issues by aiding the aged population.
Beyond vision is a start-up that has come up with one such solution. Their product CarePLUS is an AI healthcare product designed to monitor the postures and motions of beloved family members. This works by sending warning notifications if anyone is in any form of danger such as falling, sitting too long, leaving home without a clear reason, etc.
This is inspired by the Founder Victor Lin whose grandmother fell and injured herself a while back and the family didn’t realize the incident took place until later. Given the increase in elderly people in Taiwan and most of them living alone, Victor came up with an AI-powered product. “We want to use technology to discover these problems sooner,” says Victor.
Elderly Behavior Identification and Real-time Alarms
Beyond Vision’s CarePLUS works by installing physical devices and app interfaces. The device if fitted into the ceiling with a 360-degree fisheye lens which captures the action of all family members in the area. The AI then kicks in and analyzes the motions and postures to detect any falling or other relevant issues.
Every time an elder is detected to have fallen, sit too long, remain too long in the restroom, leave home at the wrong times, etc., the app will give off an alarm to notify all family members. A user may also open the app interface and see a real-time video of the home’s interior.
Combining Health Analysis and Real-Life Application
Besides healthcare information, CarePLUS can also branch out to other areas of service, such as meal ordering and taxi calls. Victor gives the example: The machine has learned through daily life analyses that Mom often enters the kitchen to prepare lunch at 11. If one day, Mom has yet to enter the kitchen, it may mean that Mom won’t be cooking today. The device may then automatically ask whether she needs to place a meal order. Beyond Vision is currently working hard on a Smart Speaker function that will allow the machine to analyze sentences and understand the user’s true intention. “Maybe the person did not fall but was merely getting down to scrub the floor. The machine may learn the actual situation by asking. We stress that machine learning won’t be used to cover all areas, but will instead be playing a supplemental role in human-machine interaction with its user-centered design.”
CarePLUS is currently expected to sell for US$299 and includes basic warning functions. If the user requires an in-depth activity analysis report that spans a longer period or wishes to use the meal ordering or taxi call features in the future, they may use the app for a monthly subscription fee of US$ 4.99.