LAFAYETTE, Colo. (KMGH) — A Colorado entrepreneur created a smart water sensor and app with the intention of making sure loved ones are OK.
“Adult children who have an elderly parent that they’re worried about who lives alone — that’s typically who our customer is,” Marlo Vernon said.
Marlo Vernon and Todd Vernon (a software developer) came together to create CarePenguin. It detects water usage in the home.
Vernon explained, “It’s a method to see if someone has awakened and is going about their day without being intrusive and watching them with motion sensors or cameras.”
The sensor connects to a hot water pipe connected to the water heater.
Vernon stated that the sensor can detect things such as washing your hands, washing your hair, and washing your clothes.
It connects to a smartphone’s app so that loved ones can keep track of their activities.
Vernon stated that if they don’t receive any activity, an alert will be sent to them encouraging them check in and making sure everything is fine.
This idea was born out of her time at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Many older adults had been isolated from their families during the COVID-19 epidemic, when she graduated in May 2020. She saw it as a way to bring everyone some peace of mind.
Vernon stated, “I realized how serious this problem is.” “Like, the way people call their loved ones every single day to check on them. It’s not something anyone wants to have.