Amazon announced today that it is introducing new features for its Amazon Sidewalk services that will help people living with dementia.
Tile, Level and Careband are joining the Amazon Sidewalk program.
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Tile expanding reach with Amazon Sidewalk
Tile will use Amazon Sidewalk to help people find their lost items. Tile uses Bluetooth technology to locate lost items, and with Sidewalk, your compatible Echo devices will be able to extend Tile’s network coverage even further to help you securely locate your misplaced keys, wallets, and other items.
Sidewalk will also strengthen Tile’s existing in-home finding experience with Alexa. Just say, “Alexa, find my keys,” and your Tile will start ringing from your coat pocket or from under the bed, signaling where to find your lost item.
Level will use Sidewalk to control smart locks from anywhere in the world.
Carebrand and Amazon collaboration
Careband wearables are designed to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.
Amazon is combining Sidewalk’s long-range connectivity with CareBand’s wearable technology to support features like indoor and outdoor activity tracking, a help button, and automated analysis of activity patterns.
What makes this pilot unique is that it eliminates the need to use a smart phone or pair CareBand wearables with a Wi-Fi network.
This lets Sidewalk deliver the long-range connectivity CareBand needs to help caregivers identify the onset of common behaviors, such as wandering, agitation, and apathy, so that non-pharmacological interventions are possible.
“We know the value that CareBand produces from our NIH-funded research studies and senior living community deployments, but getting to the at-home community has been challenging without a strong, scalable, and secure network partner,” said Adam Sobol, founder and CEO of CareBand. “I am extremely excited about the opportunity to work with Amazon and further CareBand’s mission to empower people living with dementia. It is no secret that many older adults want to age in place, and I look forward to making this a reality with CareBand and Sidewalk.”
With more than 50 million people living with dementia worldwide the collaboration of Sidewalk and CareBand can deliver a vital service to families and caregivers.