You don’t have to wear your heart on your sleeve to benefit from RMIT University’s latest invention. But it helps.
Researchers at the university partnered with aged care provider Bolton Clarke to develop CaT Pin, a wearable monitor that counts conversation the way other gadgets gauge sleep, heart-rate or steps.
Designed for elderly people living alone, the device attaches like a pin to clothing so it can be disguised as a broach, medal or other jewellery.
It measures the number of words spoken in conversation and sends an alert to loved ones or carers when the count falls lower than is healthy.
Loneliness and social isolation are not only unpleasant, they can also lead to health problems such as elevated blood pressure, sleep disruption, depression and lower immunity.
CaT Pin was designed to help address a predicted increase in loneliness as Australia’s population ages.
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