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Comcast Working on New Device to Track Your Health; It Knows How Often You Use the Bathroom

Phillip Dampier May 21, 2019 Comcast/Xfinity, Competition, Consumer News 1 Comment

Comcast wants to keep track of your health with a new device, similar to Google Home or Amazon Echo, that it plans to beta test starting later this year.

The yet-to-be-named home health monitor will use “ambient sensors” to monitor activity in your home, and will first be targeted for at-risk, stay-at-home seniors and others with special needs. The device can keep track of bathroom and sleep habits, detect falls, and offer a voice-activated alert system allowing owners to contact family members or emergency personnel, if needed.

Because many seniors may not report or share evidence of deteriorating health, the new Comcast device will be able to intelligently track any potential warning signs, such as staying in bed for increasing periods of time. It could also remind users to take their medication.

If the beta test is successful, Comcast will market the medical monitoring device to older seniors, those just out of hospital, and individuals with disabilities. The device will use a voice-activated response system, but will not offer support for intelligent home devices like lights or security alarms.

CNBC notes the move would bring Comcast into competition with a number of technology companies. Google is looking at using its Nest and Google Home devices in senior living facilities, Apple added fall detection and heart health tracking to its smartwatch, and Amazon has been exploring opportunities in tech for the growing aging population for several years.

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I read about this once.

I think it was in the book 1984.

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