Smardii is helping reduce the strain in elder care @ CES 2020 - Show Notes

Smardii is helping reduce the strain in elder care @ CES 2020

Friday Apr 3, 2020 (00:11:28)

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The world is experiencing a pair of population changes that, when combined, creates a big problem. First, the percentage of elderly people in the population is rising. As we age, we need extra time and care. However, the second change is the lowering number of nurses per capita. Together, a growing population in need of a shrinking amount of support means a bigger need for ways to maximize nurses' time. One great way to do this is with Smardii smart diapers.

While there have been other connected diaper technologies, Smardii sets itself apart in a really unique way. The company has managed to develop a sensor array that is so small and inexpensive that it can be embedded in disposable diapers without changing the price of the product by more than a penny or two. Then, connected to the outside of the diaper is a reusable and rechargeable communication puck, that is able to power the sensors as well as communicate the readings back to the system.

The sensor array is able to detect a variety of metrics, including humidity, temperature, position, and motion. These metrics can then be used to determine the state of the diaper, making it easier for caretakers to keep track of patients without having to add extra work to their rounds. But, the device can also provide a lot more information for medical professionals. With the position sensing, they can determine if someone has not moved in an extended period of time. This could indicate unreported pain, and detecting it early can prevent bedsores. The motion tracking can detect if the patient has fallen or moved in an unusual way and alert staff.

To learn more about the Smardii platform and how it might help your healthcare experience and to contact the company, check out their website.

Interview by Don Baine, The Gadget Professor.

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Scott Ertz

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Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLuGHiTz Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the DDR community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bar Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and judging engineering notebooks at competitions. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors.

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