Pixie Scientific

Smart diapers for the elderly – when smart monitoring is too much monitoring?

From Pixie Scientific announces availability for purchase in the UK of Pixie Pads, the first adult

Pixie Pads will help incontinent adults, including Alzheimer’s and other dementia sufferers, for whom behavioral symptoms of UTI are often confused with progression of dementia. Patients suffering the effects of stroke, spinal cord injury, or developmental disabilities, and men recovering from radical prostatectomy will also benefit from continuous monitoring enabled by Pixie Pads.

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Disposable Pixie Pads contain an indicator panel that is scanned by a caregiver using the mobile Pixie App at changing time. The app stores urinalysis data in a secure online service for review and long-term monitoring. It issues an alert to a professional caregiver if there are signs of an infection that require further attention.

This was happening in mid 2016. One year later, Pixie Scientific got the FDA approval to sell in the US as well and started shipping the pads.

Notice that the company initially targeted a completely different market, newborn children, but I guess it wasn’t received too well. While monitoring the body can help diagnose and cure illnesses early on, it’s a big cultural shift from the state of “blindness” we are used to. Too much monitoring can create a state of anxiety and hyper-reaction to any exception to the baseline, not just legit symptoms.