EmPowerYu: Review

The Basics

Product name: EmPowerYu 

Manufacturer / Distributor: EmPowerYu



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Analyst Summary: EmPowerYu | EmPowerYu

The Basics

Compilation date 9/1/14
Website http://www.empoweryu.com


Background Factoids


Silicon Valley startup. Have not yet raised external capital.

Analyst Notes

  • Plan is to make the system "senior-centric" rather than "friends and family-centric". But how that will be done remains unclear and or is still confidential. Focus is on using existing commercial sensors and adding value through layer of intelligent analysis software.
  • This rather early stage company has a thoughful, and somewhat different, approach to the needs of customers in the space. There remain many execution hurdles, but if the product makes it to market this might be an important player in the space.
  • Plans to sense 5 things. 1. Did they getup OK? 2. Are they eating OK? 3. Normal schedule? 4. Bed time OK? 5. Learn overall activity patterns so they know if "abnormal"? 


Detailed Feature Set

Feature Type Product Characteristics
What job(s) does it do?  
Check Dad is generally OK. Watch for significant changes in daily routine. Yes
Automatically detect (& promptly alert on) specific adverse events Some
Senior can summon help promptly in emergency No
Track wellness and health parameters No
Reduce stress for in-home caregivers, and allow them to sleep (rest) without worrying. N/A
Type of Monitoring  
1. Check general daily routine is more or less "normal". Yes
2. Watch what they do and when they do it, and catch unusual activity patterns Some
3. Detect specific (adverse) events (eg tub, stove, get out of bed) Some
4. Detect falls automatically No
5. 24/7 Human monitoring of activity patterns and sensor alerts No
Normal vs Abnormal  
Who decides what abnormal is (for alert on absence of stuff)? User
Is there AI support to help learn what is normal?? Planned.
Required Techie-ness to set up "normal vs abnormal" Unclear as yet
Who is the first (second etc) responder?  
For system triggered alerts Designated "friend(s)"
For senior calls for help N/A
Sensor approach  
Sensor family Security-type sensors + extras
Sensor types Not finalized
Senior interface  
Senior interface for general monitoring Exact user interface not yet available for review
Senior can summon help promptly in emergency: which approach? N/A
Friends & Family interface  
Activity time line streams for individual sensors Exact user interface not yet available for review
Red/green/yellow for status for individual sensors Exact user interface not yet available for review
Open API Yes
Friends & Family interface platforms Exact user interface not yet available for review
Alert handling Exact user interface not yet available for review
Ownership issues  
Ease of Use & service Too soon to know
Installation: DIY or Professional DIY
Privacy & Security  
Data center robustness and maturity Too soon to know
Who owns the data Too soon to know
Privacy policy Too soon to know
Will it work in your house?  
Sensor range (max in air) Likely "several hundred feet"
Communication to data storage "cloud" (need at least one of these)  
Landline No
Cellular reception Designed to work on either cellular connection, or home Internet connection
Home Internet & WiFi network Designed to work on either cellular connection, or home Internet connection
Battery backup in base station (in case of power outage) Planned
Stage of deployment In development
Company maturity & stability Very early startup. No external capital invested as yet
Published studies showing "it works" None
Acquiring it (July 2014)  
Countries available (or soon to be available) Unknown. Presumably USA first.
Two year costs* Not specified yet
Where to Buy it Not yet known
* typically 6 sensor package if have that.  
Techie stuff  
Sensor to base station communication prototcols "Probably Zigbee or Z wave"




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