Smart homes have many more uses then simply turning off lights when you forget. SofiHub is a smart home system aimed at providing prolonged independence for the elderly. In a recent trial, it was found that this IoT based smart home system helped to alleviate loneliness in the elderly!
We had a chat to Liz Crooks, National Client Services Director of Sofi Hub about SofiHub and how the public can support its growth.
What is your health innovation? What does it aim to do?
Sofihub is an IoT solution for the aged and disability sector. We aim to support independent living and peace of mind. Sofihub can raise alerts when expected behaviours do not occur without the need for wearable technology. (compliance for wearables is 12%). Sofihub reminds residents about daily tasks using occupancy-based messages.
How do you celebrate and showcase your successes? Who is the first person you tell?
The team!! We have a company-wide chat so that no matter where we are we are up to date.
What challenges have you come up against in developing your health innovation? What motivated you to keep going?
As a software-first company, we have been forced to build our own hardware, other hardware on the market did not meet our minimum requirements.
Hardware iterations, prototyping.
Photo - Sofi Hub reminds residents about daily tasks using occupancy based messages
What is one thing the public could do to help your innovation to succeed?
Talk to health providers about new technologies, let them know that you are interested! You are the customer your voice counts.
What are the benefits of developing your innovation in Australia?
Robust and inclusive health tech community, support from the government, a great environment for testing new products prior to scaling globally.
SofiHub has already had a hugely successful 2018! SofiHub has publised trial findings with Deakin University, won the Accessibility Prize at CES, and was accepted into Dairy Farmers of America accelerator program. A lot is definitely on the horizon for SofiHub, be sure to follow its progress on Health Horizon.