- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

EDINA, Minn. (AP) - Two young Twin Cities entrepreneurs hope their temporary stay in a senior center will help them develop technology designed to help seniors live more independently.

Al Baker and Ahmed Daoud are staying for a week at the Brookdale Senior Living Center in Edina as they finalize their work on smart watch software called Reemo, KARE-TV (https://kare11.tv/1RHysH2 ) reported. They hope their time at the center will help them understand what seniors want and need in new products.

Although not every resident is interested in the latest technology, the entrepreneurs said there’s more of a market for their product than one might think.

“I mean you don’t understand it until you are sitting with the people who are going to use your solution,” Baker said.

The duo realizes seniors probably won’t purchase smart watches on their own, but they think senior centers might be interested in giving them to residents when they move in.

“They’re not the ones going to Best Buy to go pick these things off the shelves. We’re a company that’s combining them all and delivering it to them in a much more approachable way,” Baker said.

Reemo will allow seniors to track their steps and heart rate, and to control devices in their home, including lights, locks and thermostats. The app developers also want to integrate a feature that would detect a fall and send someone to check on the smart watch user.

Brookdale resident Cyril Paul, who said he believes seniors should be open to upgrading their lifestyles, thinks the software could be helpful.

“I think the technology has its place. And I need to find my place in it in order to upkeep my livelihood,” Cyril said.

Baker and Daoud are looking for two additional senior centers where they can stay during their pilot program.

They’re aiming to have their software finalized by the end of the summer.

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Information from: KARE-TV, https://www.kare11.com


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