There are a lot personal emergency devices on the market. And many bear little resemblance to what you’ve seen in the “Please help me, Ive fallen and I can’t get up” commercials. One of the most compact we’ve seen is the V.ALRT from VSN mobil . The company also markets the same device with the name V.BTTN, which it promotes as a multi-function push button. The device pairs with your Android or iOS device so you are not limited to your home landline service. It’s the smallest we’ve seen with a built-in accelerometer for fall detection. The button works pretty much the way you’d expect.
You pair it with your smartphone then you set up the contacts you want to notify in the event of an emergency. Get into trouble, push the button, and it emits a screeching alarm and sends your personalized message to your contacts. For example, the message for my wife and kids says simply “Dad is having an emergency and may have fallen.” Using location services on your smartphone the device provides your contacts with your location in case they have to send help. In the event of a spurious fall alert you have a couple of seconds to cancel the alert before the notification is sent out.
The button can be worn in a number of ways. You can snap it into a provided wristband, or you can put into a rubber collar that can be worn as a pendant or attached to a clip. The price is $60.00 and unlike many other devices there are no monthly subscription or service fees. Readers of Tech50+ can get an additional 20% off by entering the code “Holiday20” at checkout on the V.ALRT website.
VSN Mobil believes the device has many potential applications and it is actively promoting third party application development. Recently the company sponsored a contest to create apps. Among the winners were an app to remotely control your smartphone camera, and one that serves as an on/off switch for a voice recorder.
Unlike some of the other devices that are huge and clunky, the V.ALRT is very small and can be worn discretely. Given its size, its ease of use and its accessible price, we think this personal emergency device is right on the button.
For more information visit http://www.vsnmobil.com/wearables/v-alrt/