Vayyar Imaging, which develops 3D sensor imaging technology that makes it possible to “see through objects,” is launching Walabot HOME in an effort to “radically change the future of digital health monitoring.”
Specifically, Walabot HOME detects if a person has fallen and automatically places a call for help, without requiring any wearables. It is also part of Vayyar’s new line of smart home devices being developed to ensure seniors stay connected when it matters most: in case of emergency.
Walabot HOME is designed to be placed on the wall from where it can “do its magic,” calling the loved ones for help in the case of a fall.
“People want to feel comfortable in their homes without the burden of needing to wear a pendant or medical alert device, but they still want the security of knowing that they can get help if they need it,” Raviv Melamed, Co-founder, CEO and Chairman of Vayyar, said in a statement. “Walabot HOME is so effective because people can set it up and then relax, feeling secure in the knowledge it’s there just in case.”
Walabot HOME is easy to install and does not require further action once it’s been setup. The device uses low-power radio wave technology, similar to Wi-Fi, instead of cameras, to monitor individuals’ movements. This ensures occupants maintain their privacy, especially in locations where falls are more likely to happen, such as bathrooms. Walabot HOME also works in a wide range of conditions that cameras cannot, including steam and darkness, and can sense through objects like curtains and glass walls.
Walabot HOME is available for a one-time payment of $249. The device is controlled with the free Walabot HOME mobile app available on iOS and Android.
According to the CDC, in the United States alone, 29 million people over 65 fall in a year, resulting in seven million injuries. And despite the risk, most people do not want to wear any kind of fall detection device.