Lively Activity Sensors for Independent Living

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Monitoring and communicaton product for elders living at home and their constituency. This is a relatively new entrant into the Activity tracking home sensor space, but it is getting a lot of traction due to elegant design, ease of use, and inexpensiveness.

This product is included in our research project on Activity-tracking Home Sensor Systems.


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from webmaster (member) at August 31, 2016

Lively has been acquired by GreatCall. The product is still being supported, but the future of this product is at present unclear.



from John Milford (member) at September 22, 2014

Lively is smart enough to know whether wi-fi is present, and can work around it if it isn't. Its transmitter uses a cell network to transmit data to the app. And, once every two weeks, it sends each user a LivelyGram in the mail — a newsletter you can create by culling photos from Facebook, Instagram and other online sources to keep the oldsters in the loop.



from Walt Maclay (member) at September 22, 2013

Lively has introduced a device that may become widely adopted, but only time will tell.  It is simple:  four sensors measure movement.  Simplicity is good, as long as it works well and reliably.  

It will be interesting to see if the integrated service providers, such as Grandcare, Healthsense, and Independa, prevail in this market, or if individual device manufacturers become the standard.  Until there is a standard for interoperability of devices, the device manufacturers will have a big disadvantage.  Lively intends to introduce such a platform early next year.  I can't wait to see what happens!



from Richard-Caro (member) at September 18, 2013

Small widgets on fridge or pill box track whether or not the fridge is opened or the pill  box moves.

Im not certain how well this will correlate with things that matter like eating well or taking the right medication. Will be extremely interesting to see some studies.



from Richard-Caro (member) at September 18, 2013

Apparently this new product is now shipping. So, ... moving from "promising" to "rubber meets the road". 


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