South Australian not-for-profit ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has today announced a partnership with smart clothing brand Goldilocks and The University of Adelaide to develop a range of
smart garments that will support older people to remain living independently.
The Goldilocks Suit was designed by Shem and Laura Richards after the birth of their first child as a smart singlet that tracked an infant’s sleep, temperature and breathing.
Now, working collaboratively with ECH and The University of Adelaide, they are looking at ways to design a similar product for older people, using the technology and learnings so far.
ECH Chair of the Board Rosina Hislop said that ECH is committed to making significant progress that will benefit the way older people live and give reassurance to their families.
“This partnership with Goldilocks and The University of Adelaide will allow us to build on the current knowledge and adapt the technology to meet the needs of older people,” said Mrs Hislop.
“Our aim is to develop a product based on market research that will measure skin temperature, breathing and even location to build a personalised view of an individual’s habits. This provides reassurance that daily routines are being undertaken, providing peace of mind for our clients and their support network.”
Goldilocks founder Shem Richards said that by bringing three leading experts together for the project, the partnership will transform the health, retirement living and aged care industries.
“We hope to strengthen our original Goldilocks product in order to deliver more benefits to the broader community,” said Mr Richards.
“By using this specialised technology, we are empowering older people to remain living independently at home, without their support network worrying. The wellbeing of individuals is truly our passion at Goldilocks.”
The University of Adelaide’s ThincLab will also be heavily involved in the project, conducting market research to identify solutions that will form part of the build process.
ECH is currently looking for older people and carers to take part in the market
research for the project.