So, yes, for many of us, with some luck we’re going to get really old, our kids that require almost 24/7 caretaking will be ok, and we’ll outlive them by a day or two. Or, maybe not. Either way, we’re going to need help, and we have a partial solution we’re building for ourselves that many of you, my readers, might be interested to know more about. Jump to the end if you want to find out how to connect directly. You may know my wife and I from our 2014 Oscar qualified film The United States of Autism, which has now played in over 75 countries, and many thousands every year still stream it around the world. We donated a large portion of every local screening proceeds from the showings, we battled congressman and senators in Q&A’s, and we donated copies to many libraries around America, all on almost no budget. But despite all that impact, we came to understand in our own personal life, if we want our son to live the most comfortable life by aging in place, how are we going to accomplish this as we become older and may need help ourselves? So, we sat down and listed out all the things we would need help with as we age.
The Real Problems We Face
Know where he is day or night (help with wandering). Check. Daily living reminders (executive function) for getting dressed, toiletries, medicine, eating, sleeping. Check. Complete privacy so no one at Amazon, Facebook, Comcast, Google, or anywhere else can hack in and see what goes on in my home. Check. Then, it got really complex. Preparing food. Cleaning the house. Talking to him when he’s upset or he injured himself and we’re not around. Adjusting water temperatures and faucets, making sure the ovens don’t burn down the house, even closing the refrigerator. All these things are something Rosie from the Jetsons would do. Which gave us an idea. We at Sugey decided to start building a Home Artificial Intelligence called The Sugey One, and do this ourselves if the market wouldn't listen.
How it Works (and Help You Sleep Better)
The camera systems are placed at the exits of your house first, maybe one in the individuals's bedroom as well and anywhere else you'd like to track (kitchen, playroom), and are able to recognize people during day or pitch black night and track them around the home. The Sugey One camera sensors also have voice activation and speakers! These allow us to notify someone if a person wanders out of the home who is not supposed to, either by text or by telling the person in the house via speakers . It will also track simple behaviors like eating and sleeping intially. So, in summary, you’ll have a few private cameras placed around the home that will help you mitigate wandering (maybe help you sleep better), and help keep track of daily living tasks and store information for any future records (like times people wake up so you can tell if people may be sick or depressed). You have to start small when building artificial intelligence hardware. Large companies spend millions of dollars, and we, well, we don’t. However, we’ve made tremendous progress (blowing the pants off of the big companies I might add) focusing on these two areas, wandering and daily living. We find these are the top two concerns and we focus heavily on it in the present, while planning ahead for all the potential unique things people will need in the future. Lastly, the collected data is managed privately, and we have a unique hardware setup to make sure all the camera images are private as well.
The biggest gotcha is that when we pitch investors on what we’re doing, often they come back to us with two problems.
- The market is too small
- You don’t have the backing
That’s right, shockingly I know, people telling us there’s no money for autism support.
The Way Forward
So, we’re reaching out to individuals who may be interested in what we’re doing, to show that something like this is needed for people like you as you age, and you’re worth developing awesome products for. If you’re interested, here are some ways to participate.
- Show of Support: We’re taking fully refundable, no obligation $100 deposits with letters of intent to show our investors people are interested in something like this. Contact us with your email address, and we’ll send you the quick form to review.
- Team Development: So, we have a small and mighty team, but we are always looking for early contributors looking to put in sweat equity. Are you good at hardware building? Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning? Casing? Sales and business development? Come talk to us.
- Open to Angels: If you’re interested in making a huge impact (and potentially a large sum of money as the same time), contact us and we’d love to start a conversation. We’re pursuing multiple opportunities in our seed round and are happy to talk!
So, When Do We Get Rosie?
The fact is, Rosie is going to be a bit away. But that kind of technology is something we at Sugey are building towards in the future. We see a system that will not only help now, but one day make it possible for us to breathe a little easier as we get older ourselves. We’re our own customers, and know the kinds of things that could help, but we’re also listening. Feel free to contact us, we'd love to hear how we can help, and we’re wishing you the best as we move forward in life. Thanks, The Sugey Team