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New app designed by NUS researchers to help seniors live more independently

It makes use of smartphone sensors to detect issues such as dementia and falls

Published on Apr 13, 2014 8:45 AM
Mr Goh Soo Heong (centre), 64, checking out the SilverSense app, which uses smartphone sensors to detect old-age issues, with two of the NUS researchers behind the app, Mr Lu Weiquan (left) and Professor Ellen Do. -- ST PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Taking advantage of the capabilities of today's smartphones, a mobile app could soon give caregivers a way of tracking old-age problems, such as dementia and falls, without having to be physically present with their charges.

Designed by a team of six researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), the app makes use of multiple sensors usually present in any smartphone.

These sensors can track, in real time, things such as movement, location and light and sound levels.

When a circling motion is detected, it could mean the elderly person is lost. A sudden change in height may mean a senior had suffered a fall.

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