LAFAYETTE, Colo. (KMGH) — A Colorado entrepreneur has created a smart water sensor and app with the intention of making sure loved ones are okay.
“Adult kids who have an elderly parent that they worry about living alone — that’s typical who our client is,” said Marlo Vernon.
Todd Vernon, Marlo’s dad, was a software engineer and they launched CarePenguin which detects water usage in the home.
Vernon explained, “It’s a way to see if someone is awake, active, doing their daily activities without being creepy and monitoring them using motion sensors or cameras.”
The sensor connects to the boiler’s hot water pipe.
Vernon stated that the sensor can detect things such as washing hands, washing your face and washing your hands.
The app connects to the smartphone and allows users to monitor their loved ones’ activities.
Vernon stated that if there’s ever a dearth of activity, an alert will be sent encouraging the loved one to check in and make sure everything is OK.
It was an idea Vernon had when she was at University of Colorado at Boulder. Many older adults had been isolated during the COVID-19 epidemic, which was raging at the time she graduated in May 2020. She saw it as a way to bring everyone some peace of mind.
Vernon stated, “I have learned how serious this problem is.” “Like how worried people are, how often they call their loved ones every day to check on them. That’s not the conversation that anyone wants to have.