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What's The Matter With Alexa?

What’s the matter with Alexa?  When it comes to the age-in-place elderly, nothing that a resetting of expectations can’t fix. To be clear, we like Alexa.  In fact, our next release of our firmware will include Alexa integration.  However, it seems like every week we will run into someone who says “Isn’t Alexa going to do everything that ONKÖL does?”  Ummm…...

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The Key To Successful Remote Health Monitoring?

One of the really fun things about being in this industry is the sheer level of innovation that is occurring. It seems like every week a new company pops up providing some sort of remote monitoring for the elderly. “We use an AI-powered platform attached to activity monitoring sensors to tell you if Mom is OK” or “Our remote monitoring capability uses Alexa and other cutting edge technologies to give you piece of mind” could be the marketing tagline for a lot of them. But when it comes to using remote monitoring for medical conditions, a fundamental question needs to be asked: Does it work? I’ll cut to the chase: sometimes it does, other times it's not so clearcut...

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The Last Link Paradox

Charlie Peters from Emerson recently wrote an insightful piece regarding the partnering dilemma that Internet of Things (IoT) businesses face, something he calls the last link paradox. Essentially he says that providers of IoT sensors need to connect to a larger ecosystem, but in the short run that amounts to dancing with the devil: your partner could wipe you out in the long run after you did all of the heavy lifting. I fundamentally agree with his premise as it has a lot of historical precedent, not the least of which is the continued "last mile" problems experienced by wired and wireless carriers for so many years...

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ONKÖL: Family Communications Will Never Be The Same

Today, we're introducing ONKÖL: A revolutionary family communications solution that allows older folks and younger family members stay in touch. We've all heard about the Internet of Things: wireless sensors that can monitor and configure everything from thermostats to refrigerators to medical devices. Over the next 5 years we will see anywhere from 18 billion to 220 billion new sensors brought to market, and a lot of them could benefit the elderly. But there's a problem: older folks typically aren't crazy about new technology. At ONKÖL, our goal is enable the elderly and their families to benefit from the coming Internet of Things tsunami by addressing head-on those hurdles that stop Mom and Dad from using new technology...

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