Australian Industry Leaders collaborate on stylish and technically advanced smartphone watch for older people
SYDNEY, April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/. Source: Yahoo Finance.
Leading kids smartphone watch developer Spacetalk Ltd. (ASX:SPA, www.spacetalkwatch.com) and aged care service provider ACH Group have come together to enhance and broaden access to the revolutionary and affordable Spacetalk LIFE smartphone watch for older Australians.
First launched in June 2020 as an all-in-one smartphone watch with GPS for older Australians, Spacetalk LIFE’s potential to support the journey of ageing – enhancing independence, healthy living, social connectivity, and safety, while providing reassurance and peace of mind to family and friends – has attracted significant interest from aged care and home care providers, NDIS providers and Occupational Therapists.
ACH Group CEO Frank Weits commented: “ACH Group recognised that LIFE could fill a gap in the market. Together with its newly incorporated suggested improvements we believe this high quality, stylish smartphone watch will offer peace of mind to older people.”
Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said: “As a technology innovator, receiving feedback from an industry leader is extremely valuable. We listened, and set about incorporating ACH Group’s suggestions, which included fall detection technology and re-positioning pricing to meet the eligibility requirements for Australians to access Government funding through the Commonwealth Home Support, Home Care and NDIS programs. Our commercial arrangement with ACH Group to sell the device and the accompanying Spacetalk App opens an exciting new B2B2C distribution channel for LIFE and broadens its market reach.”
Fall Detection for LIFE devices is in the final stages of completion, augmented with Artificial Intelligence that uses machine learning to continually improve its high accuracy as more people use the devices. This is ground-breaking new technology and a world-first for devices designed for older people. The Artificial Intelligence Enhanced Fall Detection will be enabled automatically on all LIFE devices via a free over-the-air upgrade on May 31, 2021.
Other LIFE features include SOS alert, GPS locator, 4G phone, water (shower) proof, medication and other reminders, step counter, wearer’s medical history information for emergency responders and a carer-family app to allow easy communication and enhanced interactions at the wearer’s discretion.
Spacetalk LIFE has an existing growing customer base, with NDIS registered provider Mike Snudden of Marmic Meditrak observing: “LIFE has given our NDIS clients a new level of confidence allowing them to “live life” and maintain their independence in the community. LIFE is fully Government funded where it is deemed a reasonable and necessary support need, making it an extremely useful and attractive purchase for both the wearer and carer.”
Unlike other wearable safety devices such as pendant trackers, which can carry a stigma that the wearer requires support, Spacetalk LIFE is a stylish smartphone watch. In fact, Spacetalk has built a global reputation for being a design led Company, combining beautiful industrial design with hardware and software engineering breakthroughs in their elegant built-for-purpose smartphone watches. The Company earlier this month won the coveted international Red Dot Design Award, one of the world’s largest global design competitions, for Outstanding Product Design in 2021.
LIFE will retail at a price of $399, approximately 40% less than other lower featured devices currently available, and requires pairing with the Spacetalk App for a $7.99per month fee and a 4G SIM. If eligible, the cost of the device and the first 12 months of the App fee may be supported by Government funding.
In addition to the B2B2C launch with ACH Group, LIFE will continue to sell retail. It is available now through www.spacetalkwatch.com and JB HiFi, which will commence a new marketing campaign promoting LIFE as a wearable safety device eligible for Government funding. Harvey Norman will commence ranging LIFE at its 121 bricks and mortar stores in Australia and on-line from April 26, 2021.
LIFE will be available for purchase through ACH Group from 1 June 2021 when eligible customers may access LIFE using funds through the CHSP, HCP or the NDIS.
ACH Group CEO Frank Weits said: “Spacetalk LIFE is a fantastic example of two industry leaders collaborating to bring new, leading-edge and world-class aged care technology to market. LIFE can increase an older person’s confidence and their safety, whilst supporting independence, health living, and social connections.”
Spacetalk CEO Mark Fortunatow said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with ACH Group, who are a leading and supportive partner with a strong focus on improving the journey of getting older. Spacetalk LIFE makes an important contribution for older people to live life to the fullest, with practical communication features encouraging independence and ensuring safety. LIFE is built-for-purpose without compromising the dignity of older people, with wearers of the sophisticated and elegant LIFE smartphone watch in complete control while providing peace-of-mind for their carers.”