In mid-July, HelpAround unveiled the personal Alert button app for iPhone users, and at that time – it said than an Apple Watch version is in development. Now it's here, ready to provide seniors in physical or emotional distress with a seamless way to simultaneously text their location and conference-in all of their caregivers at once, right from their wrist. The data is also incorporated into the Health app on iPhone, allowing care providers to access health information with user permission.
According to HelpAround, many seniors forget or refuse to wear panic buttons due to the stigma associated with them, not wanting to come off as dependent and helpless.
"We created Alert for Apple Watch to give our aging population a convenient and accessible way to reach their loved ones in times of need that seamlessly fits in with their everyday lives," said Yishai Knobel, HelpAround co-founder and CEO. "Alert for Apple Watch gives them back their independence and allows them to go around freely with peace of mind."
Alerts are either manually initiated by the senior from the Watch face, or suggested to them as a result of physiological signals captured from the Apple Watch.Alerts are either manually initiated by the senior from the Watch face, or suggested to them as a result of physiological signals captured from the Apple Watch. The latter part should allow seniors to pre-emptively react rather than wait until they are in a critical state.
The users' alert contacts don't need to use a smartphone to receive alerts. The basic Alert for Apple Watch app is available for free and includes the text message service and three conference calls, while an upgraded version costs $9.95 per month and includes unlimited calls.