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New smartwatch app

A new smartwatch app being developed at Binghamton University may prevent serious injury for nursing home residents due to poor communication systems. Proposed design integrates all of the existing safety systems at nursing homes — for example, call lights, chair and bed alarms, wander guards, calling-for-help functions — and provides alerts to users.  Through a process of iterative design and evaluation with prospective users, a final design was well received by nursing experts in geriatric care, and at local nursing homes.  An on-going evaluation study shows that using this system reduces staff response time to alarms.

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