Feeds

Wireless wee detectors hit Aussie grundies

ZigBee gets into knickers

Intelligent flash storage arrays

ZigBee-equipped underpants are being used to detect incontinence in Australian care homes.

The Smart Incontinence Management (SIM) System from Simavita connects a moisture detector with a ZigBee transmitter to log incontinence "events" for plotting on a helpful SIMchart while alerting staff with an SMS message, as RFID Journal reports.

Apparently it's taken almost 15 years to get the technology right - making the product easier to use and distinguishing between sweat and other fluids has presented a technical challenge, and even now the product seems surprisingly bulky.

Currently the SIMsystem only detects urine, but the company reckons bowel movements are only a software upgrade away.

The SIMsystem connects to a dedicated server, the SIMserver, and reports back every few minutes with a three-day battery life. The company is quite clear that you can't just install your own software; a dedicated PC provided by them is needed. That reporting back is important, as the real role of the SIM System is revealed in the company's FAQ:

19. Will we get more money from the government if we use the SIMsystem™? There is potential for increased funding, especially in the case of low care beds which are currently not funded as they are not classified as ‘incontinent’ beds. The SIMsystem™ proves incontinence where it was previously not possible to do so. It also may secure funding where claw back of funding would not happen as the evidence of incontinence is unqualified.

So one doesn't fit the elderly with sensors in order to respond faster, one carries out a three-day monitoring exercise in order to prove incontinence and get more money from the government.

Hopefully by the time we're old enough to need a SIMpad the technology will be a standard feature of the bath chair - assuming Steve Jobs hasn't bankrupted the company for using his word without permission. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less
'Some might find this idea offensive' boffin admits
Boffins who stare at goats: I do believe they’re SHRINKING
Alpine chamois being squashed by global warming
Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill
Hiding from this space pimple isn't going to do humanity's reputation any good
Experts brand LOHAN's squeaky-clean box
Phytosanitary treatment renders Vulture 2 crate fit for export
LONG ARM of the SAUR: Brachially gifted dino bone conundrum solved
Deinocheirus mirificus was a bit of a knuckle dragger
No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer
'Solar sail' demonstrator project binned
Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody
Cringeworthy, crude and crass jokes abound in Steven Erikson’s sci-fi debut
prev story

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.