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Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant


Added 01-10-19 07:15:01pm EST - “Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.” - Techhive.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Techhive.com: “Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Executive Editor, TechHive | Jan 10, 2019 3:20 PM PT

Whether the Black & Decker brand conjures images of power tools or home appliances such as the Dustbuster, you probably don’t think of it in the context of the smart home. That could soon change.

The company is developing two devices that can be used together or apart. Pria is a digital assistant designed to help seniors age in place, instead of moving into a nursing home or an assisted-living center. Omni is a new mesh Wi-Fi router that leverages what Pria can do, but it can also operate on its own as a high-end home network.

Pria is a voice-recognizing digital assistant with a video component, but it’s optimized for home healthcare—particularly for the elderly and the younger generation helping to care for them. It’s designed to be as non-invasive as possible (it’s HIPAA compliant), while allowing a caregiver to monitor the person’s activity so they can ensure they’re taking their medications, drinking enough water, going to the bathroom, getting enough exercise, and the like, without needing to deploy cameras and motions sensors all around the house or forcing the person to wear anything.

The Pria’s pill wheel is mounted to the back of the device, but pills can be easily loaded via a hopper at the top (those are jelly beans inside).

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