Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Review of EmSeeQ by EmFinders

If you’ve ever had a family member with Alzheimer’s or Autism, then you know that their personal safety and secure is always a concern. Sad, but true, there are several news stories per year regarding Alzheimer’s patients who have wondered off and can't remember who or where they are and how to get home. So, what to do?

“One night after dinner, I was watching TV when a tragic event made me really stop and think. On the news was a story about a young woman who had gone missing; she had a cell phone but was unable to call for help. Which raised the question, ‘Why can’t you use technology to help people like that who are lost and can’t help themselves?’” —Jim Nalley, Co-Founder, EmFinders

Along with Chris Buehler, Jim Nalley founded EmFinders and worked tirelessly to create the EmSeeQ, a device that is worn around the wrist of “at-risk” person and transmits a wireless signal to E-911 systems. Once a person is discovered missing, their location can be determined immediately and reported to the 911 operator who can dispatch emergency responders to the location. Basically, the missing person can be recovered within minutes. For more details on exactly how the EmSeeQ works, click here. For video about this product, click here.

The EmSeeQ is an affordable alternative to personal safety and security. The device runs between $185 - $225 per unit and includes a charging station. The band fits onto the wrist much like a watch and currently comes in black only. There is also a monthly service charge for the connection fee of $25 per month. While this may seem like a lot, I think it is a small price to pay for peace of mind.

The EmSeeQ comes in two versions, Standard Band and Secure Band. I was loaned an EmSeeQ Secure Band device to review.

One thing that I noticed about the EmSeeQ Secure Band (cannot be removed without assistance) is that it is very heavy. This device would probably be better served on an medium to large adult wrist than a child or smaller-frame adult.
While I like the idea of a device such as this for “special needs” children who may be prone to wandering, I do feel like this particular version is more suited to adults. I have no doubt that EmFinders will continue to improve upon this device and hoefully come out with something more suitable for children in the very near future!

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Disclosure: I was loaned a EmSeeQ unit for review of this product. All opinions are my own.
Posted by The Spears Family at 6:35 PM

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