Can sensors help seniors hold on to independence? Lively is betting on it

There’s also a new shoe that sends vibration into elderly people’s feet that helps them maintain their balance and avoid falls. No more, “I fell and I can’t get up” commercials! Watch out #LifeAlert!

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Plenty of startups target younger consumers with sensor-embedded wristbands, watches and other gear that offer paths to a fitter physique, healthier habits and peak athletic performance. But San Francisco-based Lively wants to use sensors around the home to help the elderly preserve something that can often feel even more precious with age: independence.

Mobilize_badge_product-showcaseLaunched last year, the startup sells sets of sensors that can be attached to objects in a senior’s home to learn and share information about the person’s routines. Sensors attached to pill boxes could track when medication is taken or, clipped to a keychain, could indicate when the person leaves and returns home. Once it learns a person’s habits, it can send alerts to loved ones and caregivers when it senses deviations from the norm.

“This isn’t about monitoring, it’s about caring,” said co-founder and CEO Iggy Fanlo. “It’s about creating an activity-based social network and…

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