The Mino smart cushion tracks heart rate, daily rhythms and breathing through sitting. Data is transmitted automatically to an app for monitoring changes and providing loved ones with a way to check in on their ageing relatives.
People over the age of 60 spend on average between 65-80% of their waking hours either sitting or reclining. A device that monitors older people while relaxing can provide carers and loved ones with almost continuous monitoring of their physical condition.
Most devices that track vitals are in the form of wearable wrist bands that may be intimidating or difficult for some older people to use. For example, the dexterity required to operate them and the need for regular charging. The Mino, a smart seat cushion by German-based healthtech startup VISSEIRO, is designed with ease of use in mind. The pillow is set it and forget. It does not need to be turned on and off. It immediately begins tracking and recording when someone sits down.
The intelligent cushion measures vital parameters, including heart rate, breathing, and movements. The cushion uses an adaptive machine learning algorithm that responds to the type of user for more accurate results. It’s worth noting that if other people use the cushion, it will make the data inaccurate, although pets are recognised. Vitals are transmitted directly to the accompanying smartphone app where the user and people they allow to access the information, such as healthcare providers and caregivers, can see the data.
Monitoring vitals is a great way to catch possible health deterioration quickly for fast intervention. Providing a way for loved ones to check in on their ageing family members remotely offers peace of mind and minimises the feeling of intrusion. Other wearables that seek to integrate naturally into our lives include smart insoles, a smart mattress and the Withings sleep tracking mat.