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A more systematic approach for mobile electronics for seniors: Hardware + Software

Time: 2018-05-09 15:06:54

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Mobile phones have prevailed for more than 10 years and tremendous changes have taken place for smartphones. But cell phones for seniors (called as senior phones in this article) are still pretty much the same as several years ago. The progress of senior phones is stagnant and is highly expected to happen in near future. We see the opportunity and social values of this niche market. We want to create better products for the seniors, to offer more comprehensive solutions for brand owners and service providers, and to realize our economic and social values.


We integrate sensors into senior phones to provide more comprehensive monitoring of seniors.

As a 22-year-old independent design house, we are expertized in employing different technologies to design products that meet market needs. Family members or service providers should be able to care about seniors and to offer help (when needed) without intruding upon their lives. Therefore, senior phones should encompass sensors to monitor seniors’ state, not limited to their health condition and physical location, and notify designees immediately when needed. As a result, we integrate pedometer and GPS into our senior phones so that without asking, family members can have their eye on the seniors and keep their peace of mind. We’re going to connect more sensors such as blood pressure sensor to senior phones to provide more comprehensive monitoring of seniors. 


We clearly understand that a sensor that cannot measure accurately may lead us to wrong analysis results and even wrong actions. Therefore, we put a lot of efforts to ensure that our sensors measure as accurately as possible. When we developed GPS positioning, three of our colleagues, Carry, Yu, and Mingjian, walked over 150 kilometers to test its performance in all kinds of environments. We also keep in mind that seniors don’t like charging very much, so it takes us another 2 months to minimize power consumption of GPS positioning so as to enhance user experience. 


We develop APP and cloud to diversify communications between seniors and family members.

We firmly believe that Mobile Internet could be employed to diversify communications between seniors and their family members and service providers. Therefore, after integration of different technologies like GPS positioning into our hardware products, we build an APK and cloud upon them. For example, family members can just simply open the APP and the senior’s location will be automatically pinpointed on map. Moreover, if seniors are not familiar with changing settings of their phones, their family members can help them via APP even from afar and the commands will be sent from APP to server to the senior phones. The potential of Mobile Internet employed on senior phones is huge. We’re willing to collaborate with brand owners and service providers to tailor our products and services so as to design suitable solutions for different market needs. 


Moreover, Mobile Internet is the foundation of Internet of Things. Internet enables us to grab as much accurate data as possible and acquire perceptive and personalized advice after data analysis. Take 3-axis accelerometer (or pedometer) as an example. Through a large amount of data measured by 3-axis accelerometer, regular activity pattern can be drawn. Deviation from regular pattern can be detected and seen as an early signal that seniors may not be in a good shape and it’s better to take a physical examination.Innovation requires seamless collaboration between brand owners/ service providers and product developers. Traditional workflow in mobile phone industry involves too many parties, which highly likely leads to poor communication and thus even project failure. We will fully discuss with brand owners about market needs and ensure that our products fulfill every requirement.We’re responsible for designing the complete solutions and number of parties involved is minimal. As an experienced design house, we specialize in developing hardware products. However, we also invest a lot in software and cloud. We aim to offer systematic solutions, instead of just hardware products, to our customers. Moreover, performance of GPS and other wireless technologies may be affected by local environments. Thus, in order to achieve the best performance and user experience, we will send our technical support colleagues to help customers solve problems locally when needed. 


Compared to other solution providers in Guangdong, China, we aim to take a more systematic approach, with seamless integration between hardware and software, to solve problems faced by seniors and thus offer more-than-traditional technical support and values to our customers. 

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