AMAC is claiming several advantages:
- Size and weight: The device is about half the size of a frisbee and weighs about 2 pounds (1 kilo)
- Portability: The device is both battery and mains operated and the battery power and size makes it easily portable
- Alerts. The device has an extended range of alert notifications for the person and caregivers
Read more of the features on the AMAC website.
I’m struggling to see how this is an improvement on the Pivotel device that’s been in use in Europe for a number of years. I doubt if any one device is going to suit all the millions of people who need support with their medication, so it’s important that AT and telecare prescribers have lots of choice within their toolbox of support.
What we need now is surely some end user research to show us when (i.e. for which type of person in which situation) to use this device or that device, rather than manufacturers or their distributors claiming that something is new and, necessarily, better.
Maybe there’s a market for an independent magazine in which products are compared head-to-head with respect to usability, value for money, and compatibility with the systems with which they must work.
[Added link to Pivotel device, Steve]