Medical Alert Smartwatches @ SFV

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

Discussion Summary

The SF Longevity Explorer group is shown several versions of medical alert devices in the form of smartwatches.

The demo of each features cosmetics as well as functionality. Two are dedicated medical alert devices, while the third is an Apple Watch with medical alert app. The prominent impression expressed by group members is that the buttons are small, and that one could be confused as to which one to press. Questions expressed included:

  • Do they have fall detection? 
  • Do any have automatic fall dection?
  • Right vs. left handed models available?
  • Despite a new form factor (watch), some members consider them ugly.
  • All are heavy, clunky.
  • Are men's and women's models available?
  • Are any of them voice activated?
  • Do they have a removable battery or a rechargable one? 
  • Price range?

Conclusion: the Apple Watch is preferred by most of the group. One member reminds that if there is no urgent need, it might be best to wait a year for advancements in design and functionality to be available, since so much research and development is taking place.


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Key words: 
medical alert watch, wearable technology, personal safety and security