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Evermind uses household appliances to monitor the elderly or infirm

For those with elderly or special needs relatives or friends who live by themselves, it is not always practical to check on their well-being all of the time. Sure, you could drop by or call them on the phone, but if it s too late or too early in the day, this is inconvenient for both you and them. Evermind helps address these problems by alerting you remotely when electrical appliances are switched on and off by the person that you care about, indicating that they are active and everything is normal.

Most people perform daily tasks such as making coffee when they wake, turning on the radio to listen to the news at midday, or turning on the TV in the evening and off again just before bed.

Evermind keeps track of these activities and sends text messages or email notifications throughout the day and alerts when variations in activity may warrant further investigation.

To set up the system, Evermind sensors are simply plugged into the AC outlet in the monitored person s house and then the appliance being used is plugged into it as if it were a double adapter. When appliances are switched on and off, the Evermind sends information to a dedicated network via built-in wireless internet. According to the creators, no home internet connection is required for this to work.

Dependent on how you enable the system, users can receive a text message on their smartphone, such as “Coffee maker on at 7 am” and, depending on user preference, Evermind will send a notification when an appliance is switched on for too long or not used within a specified time period.

A user account can also be enabled on the Evermind website from a computer, tablet, or smart phone device, from where the user may tailor the alerts, messages, and specify time periods to monitor.

The online capability to monitor household appliance usage, according to the creators, can provide greater insight into long-term trends of the monitored person s well-being over time and enable users to more easily spot anomalies in routines that may alert them to possible problems.

Prices for Evermind start at US$199 for a 3 piece sensor kit plus $29 per month for the monitoring service.

The short video below shows some of the devices in action.

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  1. ^ Evermind (evermind.us)

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Apple is known for its incredible product design, led by Jony Ive1.

But Apple’s hardware has come a long way to the sleek minimalism it’s known for today.

Apple products used to be bulky, boxy devices that took up your entire desk.

Some devices turned out to be duds2.

Now they make smartphones and tablets recognizable worldwide.

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Federal computers used for bizarre Internet editing

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Andrew Scheer, is already investigating changes to the Wikipedia site of an MP made using a House of Commons computer. Now, someone is also using the computers to talk about bodily off-gassing.

Sean Kilpatrick / CP

Someone has been using federal government computers to, um, vent about bodily gases.

Unknown people with access to House of Commons and federal government computers have been using their time and taxpayer resources to make anonymous changes to Wikipedia pages on everything from eating beans, to the Stanley Cup, to Honda vehicles, soft drinks, a Nova Scotia baseball league and Conservative MPs.

Even cartoon dog Scooby-Doo is involved.

On Friday, someone using Parliament Hill computers made changes to a Wikipedia page about beans, to explain that they can cause lots of gas, according to an Internet bot that tweets anonymous entries to Wikipedia pages from federal government Internet addresses.

The entry on beans initially explained that they have been an important source of protein throughout history. Then, someone on a House of Commons computer address added his or her own touch.

And still today, they will make you fart like there is no tomorrow, says the edit, according to the Gov. of Canada edits Twitter account (@gccaedits1).

Accessing government devices and networks for personal use on things such as updating various Wikipedia pages appears to fall within federal rules, as long as the action doesn t occur during work hours.

It s not always a laughing matter.

Two weeks ago, Speaker Andrew Scheer launched an investigation into potentially defamatory changes to independent MP Dean Del Mastro s Wikipedia entry from someone using the Parliament Hill computer network.

People using federal computers to make changes to the online encyclopedia, raises questions about resource use at a time when the Conservatives are looking to reduce government waste.

Other computers on the broader federal government network are also being used to tinker with Wikipedia pages.

On Friday, someone accessing a computer on the network for Shared Services Canada the department responsible for managing the federal government s IT infrastructure made changes to a Wikipedia entry on the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League.

A separate anonymous edit Friday from someone on the Shared Services Canada network made changes to a Wikipedia entry on the international availability of Fanta (a fruit-flavoured soft drink) to apparently add that Fanta Zero isn t available in Canada.

Other recent changes by someone on the Shared Services Canada network included minor edits to a page on the 1946 Stanley Cup Finals.

Someone on the House of Commons network also made a minor change Friday to the Wikipedia entry for Conservative MP Costas Menegakis.

Earlier this week, someone accessing a computer at the Department of National Defence made minor edits to the Wikipedia entry for animated sleuth Scooby-Doo.

Other anonymous edits by someone on the DND network included cleaning up typos to the Wikipedia entry on former Alberta premier Alison Redford, and minor edits to a page on the Honda CR-X del Sol.

The Internet Protocol (IP) addresses recorded by Wikipedia indicate the recent changes were made by people accessing the House of Commons computer network and the broader government network used by various departments.

The government allows limited personal use of federal networks and devices that is conducted on personal time, that is not for financial gain, that does not incur any additional costs for the department, and that does not interfere with the conduct of business.

A spokesperson for federal Treasury Board president Tony Clement, whose department establishes computer protocols for federal employees, said suspected misuse of government computers will be investigated.

Federal government employees are expected to abide by the Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use.

If misuse is suspected, the incident will be investigated and action will be taken as per the policy, Stephanie Rea, director of communications for Clement, said in an email.

The IP addresses used on the House of Commons and federal government networks to make the Wikipedia edits could come from any one of thousands of computers.

The House of Commons network alone can be accessed by potentially more than 1,000 people, including MPs, their staff members, Commons officials and even journalists.

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Examples of limited personal use of government computers, according to the federal government s Policy on Acceptable Network and Device Use, include:

  • Read or contribute to online forums, blogs, discussion groups, or wikis on topics of personal interest ;
  • Update a personal blog, micro-blog, social networking page, or Web page that is for non-commercial purposes or does not otherwise constitute unacceptable use (such as criminal behaviour or violating Treasury Board policies); and
  • Visit social networking sites to connect with family and friends.

References

  1. ^ @gccaedits (twitter.com)
  2. ^ jfekete@ottawacitizen.com (ottawacitizen.com)
  3. ^ http://twitter.com/jasonfekete (twitter.com)

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