'A tiny white cube that uses Artificial Intelligence to monitor the lives of elderly people who live alone could save thousands of lives, according to its creator.
The miiCube, a kind of 'Amazon Echo for the elderly', learns people's routines and tracks their movements so it can alert the relevant authorities if something is wrong.
The device will also sense if there's a break in routine, such as not getting up at the normal time or not following usual daily routines.
Creator Kelvin Summoogum - who set up miiCARE, the firm behind the gadget, in March - got the idea when his grandmother broke her hip at home.
He said she spent twelve hours in agony on the floor before anyone knew until a neighbour found her and brought her to the hospital.
Mr Summoogum, from Chatham, Kent said: 'It was a horrible experience and one I don't want anyone else to have to go through.
'Every time we walked into hospital we were scared her bed would be empty.'
The device can also monitor your vital signs and can sense if someone is getting unwell.
For example, a person getting up repeatedly in the night to use the toilet could be a signs of diabetes or a kidney infection.
Using miiCUBE in the homes of recently retired people can check on users throughout the day if needed.
'This keeps people active during their retirement and prevents them picking up bad habits, such as staying in bed later into the day, but it also helps keep the frail safe,' says Summoogum.
So far miiCUBE, which is being developed at the Medway Innovation Centre, has been backed by Kent County Council, Santander and Royal Mail.'
Read more: 'Amazon Echo for the elderly' uses AI to track people's movements so it can alert the authorities if something goes wrong (but would YOU trust it to monitor your loved ones?)
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