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Partnered with LG Electronics to create a "senior" smart TV based (with tablet). The product is designed to make photo sharing, messaging, and video chats easy (on a TV rather than on a tablet or computer). The company also sells a "box" that lets you convert most TV's into an Independa TV. Historically the company has emphasized selling via a B to B channel.

The product also claims to include smart reminders, and various other features useful for "caregivers".

From the website: "Never worry about Mom or Dad again. Our easy to use, all-in-one technology will help you care, even when you can't be there:

  • Always know your loved one is safe and sound
  • Stay connected from anywhere in the world
  • Enjoy greater freedom and independence
  • Easily coordinate care needs with siblings and professionals involved in your loved one's care"





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from Richard-Caro (member) at September 17, 2013

One of a crop of smart monitoring solutions. It would be very interesting to compare Independa, Grandcare, QuietCare, Healthsense and BeClose. Seem to be doing a good job of getting buzz.



from waltmaclay (member) at September 21, 2013

Independa offers elder activity monitoring, health data monitoring, and reminders.  It uses the TV and phone, as well as a tablet PC.  This is in the class of offerings that are more than a single device.  Will this become the common way people do monitoring, or will interoperable technology allow people to pick and choose devices and services, and combine them as they wish?


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