Design research revealed that the bathroom is a very dangerous place for both young and old alike. According to Centers for Disease Control’s report, almost 235,000 nonfatal bathroom injuries were treated in U.S. Emergency Departments. Surprisingly, there isn’t a smart safety product in the market that solves the problem seamlessly and in an elegant way.
Göz is a family of smart home-monitoring devices aimed at making the bathroom a safer place. Göz consists of three elements: a motion-detecting LED bulb, a motion-detecting bathtub drain and a companion app. The smart bulb detects falls in the bathroom and then calls for help. The bathtub drain detects falls and a lack of motion due to fainting, then automatically empties the tub.
The Göz ecosystem is installed very easily. Users screw the bulb into any overhead light fixture, and drop the drain plug into any existing bath fixture. Both of these elements are designed to be inconspicuous and modest (user research revealed that people didn’t want visitors walking into their bathrooms and realizing a fall detection alert system.) The user then downloads the mobile app and selects which family members and friends should be called in case there is a fall in the bathroom. The smart bulb automatically detects falls using proximity sensors. Its built-in speaker and microphone—located at the midpoint of the bulb—turns the device into a 2-way speakerphone, providing a hands-free way for the injured person to communicate her or his needs effectively, and helping the people who are on the way over to be better prepared.
Additionally, the phone communication provides a way to give psychological support before help arrives. Since bathtubs and showers are usually isolated from the bathroom with a curtain or glass, the smart bathtub drain was created. If the device detects any unusual shock patterns—say, a fall in the shower, or zero motion in the tub longer than a determined duration of time—the smart drain warns the user. If it doesn’t receive a response, the device automatically pops up, drains the bathtub, and calls for help. (The smart drain is connected to the bulb via Bluetooth, allowing it to be compact with low energy consumption.)
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