Non Provisional Application No. 18/045,502
Filed October 11, 2022
Genesis of Invention
My wife is helpless and dependent on me for complete care. Considering the possibility of my having a stroke or heart attack while sitting at my desk,
table, or couch or laying down, I thought of the danger that would present to her. I would be unable to push the Life Alert button many senior’s wear.
So, I searched for a device that would summon help after my prolonged motionlessness. There was nothing. I paid my patent attorney to do a search
for such a device. He could only find patents on devices which detect falls, not motionlessness.
Background or Problem:
Many elderly individuals and even younger people live alone, or with a dependent, helpless relative, sometimes in remote areas or farms. Said
individuals, or their helpless dependent(s) can fall or pass out unconscious and die if not rescued by others in time. Many senior citizens carry a
personal notification device that includes a button that can be pressed to summon help when in distress, or which is activated if they fall. However, a
user of such devices cannot push the button of the device if they become unconscious before, during, or after a fall. While some devices are designed
to summon assistance in the event a fall is detected, there is currently no art which will summon assistance when simply passing out or becoming
unconscious while sitting or lying down motionless for a predetermined period of time.
Therefore, there exists a need in the art for a device that aids an individual in being rescued if they merely become unconscious. In addition, there exists
a need in the art for an automatic unconscious alert device that alerts a second and perhaps third individual when a user simply becomes
unconscious, wherein the device does not require that a user manually activate the device to send the alert to individuals selected by user. False
alerts are prevented by audible and vibration alarm sounding at the end of the predetermined motionless period, notifying user to reset timer by shaking
phone/device or pushing any button.
I have a patent pending on this device.
Competitors include Life Alert, with 1,000 employees, which requires a 3 year contract at $19.95 per month; Medical Guardian from $29.95 to $49.95 per month; ADT, the largest, $29.99 to $39.99 per month, with pendants and buttons to push “millions of customers”. Bay Alarm Medical, $24.95 to $29.95 plus $10 extra for fall detection. Life Fone $25 to $31 monthly Unali Wear Kanega Watch $199 for watch and $59.95 per month for fall detection
The only patents my attorney located were for fall detection, not motionlessness over a period of time. I spoke with an executive and she said, “How do you prevent false alerts?” They have not figured that out?
The worldwide market for medical devices is expected to rise by nearly half over just the next five years, expanding from $6.5 billion today to
$9.6 billion by 2025.
Life Alert defines a life saved from a potential catastrophic outcome as an event where a subscriber activated the system, had an actual emergency, was home alone, was unable to get to the phone to call for help, and Life Alert dispatched help.
Competition Does Not Want This Brilliant Medical Alert:
No competitor would want to buy this because the inventor’s proposed annual fee would be a fraction of their cost, and lower their revenues markedly. They would have to lay off thousands of employees monitoring their phone lines to call for help.