All of that sweet, sweet info gets funneled into an online dashboard that lets you switch between hard data (think heart rate, weight, oxygen saturation and more) and schedules and reminders to help grandma stay on target. What’s that? Pop-pop doesn’t have WiFi? That’s cool — the OnKol has a cellular radio to get all that info where it needs to go. In fact, communication is one of OnKol’s raisons d’être since ust about every action can trigger a text or email alert for family members and caretakers. Oh, and that big ol’ button up top? Mash it and the OnKol leaps into emergency mode, firing off messages to pre-set contacts and contacting emergency services if it isn’t shut off quickly enough.
Throw in voice prompts and reminders piped through a surprisingly beefy set of internal speakers and you’ve a bit of home hardware that’s as helpful as it is handsome. It’s almost like they want to be the Ikea of home health monitoring, a comparison that founder Marc Cayle doesn’t mind so much. After all, so much of this stuff is sterile and gray and utterly inhuman — even the addition of some faux wood grain helps make the OnKol feel friendlier than some of its rivals do. With gadgets like this, it’s really the little things that matter, and it’s a little heartening to see a crew of feisty little guys taking on a cadre of ginormous health incumbents right here on the show floor.