iHome and LifePod Partnership Provides Companionship for Seniors
SDI Technologies’ iHome division left it all out on the exhibit floor at CE Week 2019—or so we thought. While showing off the Classic, Wireless, Smart Home, Beauty, Aquio, and Zenergy lines, the iHome team also had a surprise announcement up their sleeve that was revealed on the last day of the show. SDI Technologies announced a new that partnership with LifePod Solutions Inc that will bring to market a voice service designed specifically for seniors who may be coping with social isolation as a result of medical conditions or other special needs. The groundbreaking service will be the first of its kind, and build on iHome's rich history of innovation in home audio and areas of connected consumer electronics.
“Voice is the most transformative technology of our lifetime, and focusing our caregiver-controlled, proactive-voice service on serving the needs of older adults and chronic care patients is a perfect fit,” said Stuart R. Patterson, CEO of LifePod Solutions. “SDI Technologies is an ideal partner to support our launch because of their award-winning, smart device and AI Voice experience and their impressive history of innovation and tailored solutions for the home.”
The AI-powered voice service will work to improve the quality of life for both the family and professional caregivers who will be able to better monitor and support these individuals. LifePod’s Virtual Caregiver service can be accessed remotely using an online portal that provides personalized voice check-ins, reminders, and virtual companionship. Families can encourage loved ones to access online services like music and weather to help them feel more connected with the world around them. All of the activities they perform are then sent to their designated caregivers in the form of real-time alerts and daily reports.
“The visionary leadership team at LifePod is driving the voice industry forward,” said Gary Schultz, Director of Product and Business Development at iHome. “Our strategic collaboration with the LifePod team is perfectly aligned to build on iHome’s product leadership in AI Voice. We look forward to extending our platform offerings with LifePod’s state-of-the-art, proactive-voice service that will transform the caregiver industry to better support families, senior living communities and healthcare service providers.”
The LifePod proactive Virtual Caregiver service will launch on select iHome devices in the fall.