The pandemic of the new coronavirus showed the fragility of some groups, such as the elderly and patients with comorbidities. Being able to keep an eye on them is essential so that they do not experience difficulties while living alone. A smart lamp presented during CES 2021 promises to help prevent accidents and monitor fragile residents.
One of the novelties of CES 2021 is the Nobi lamp. It looks like an ordinary ceiling lamp, but it comes full of sensors to detect abnormalities. In addition to identifying falls and sending alerts, it can help prevent these accidents, as it monitors residents' activity and reminds them.
To make the system more efficient, the manufacturer indicates that each room in the house has a Nobi. The smart lamp has four sensors RGB and, in dark environments, uses infrared light to observe the location.
In addition, the lamp uses motion sensors to check whether residents wake up at unusual times. In this case, it lights up a weak glow and, if the resident gets up to go somewhere, Nobi increases the brightness to light the way.
This is possible because the sensors send information to an internal processor with artificial intelligence who understands different positions like sitting and lying down. According to the company, Nobi also recognizes furniture and knows when a person is lying on a bed or on the floor, for example.
Smart lamp functions and alerts
When the system detects a fall, it asks if the person has fallen. If the answer is "no", that's fine. If it is any other, it sends the programmed alerts: it may be just accident information, abstract images or better resolution photos. The device's microphone allows someone in the family, a caregiver or the emergency services to talk to the person.
Another function of the Nobi smart lamp is an alarm system that can alert you to intrusions. And the device can be connected to other smart objects, like a lock, for example, to open the door if someone needs to enter the house.
Initially, Nobi will recognize the activities of the resident and show them in an application. In the future, she will be able to identify patterns on her own and synchronize with calendars to warn of times for taking medication or taking a walk.
All information collected is processed locally, which guarantees privacy. The price, however, is still uninviting: the system can start at $ 2.499 plus $ 19 a month. The total cost will vary depending on the size of the house.