Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's health, with a goal of launching a pilot test later this year. The device will monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, focusing on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed. In addition, Comcast researchers are developing tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially dangerous for seniors.
Comcast plans to offer the device and related services to at-risk customers, including seniors and people with disabilities.
The device will not be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, but it will have a personality like Alexa, and it will be able to make phone calls in the case of an emergency.
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