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NOK 32,535
pledged of NOK 200,000pledged of NOK 200,000 goal
49
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Dec 6 2015

About

EziSmart is made up of 3 components: Ezi-PAD, EziSmart App and an Android smartphone. Ezi-PAD is a smartphone adapter that makes smartphones accessible for people who cannot use the touch screen or cope with the complexities of a smartphone. These issues may be caused by illness, disability or age related factors.

EziSmart is heavily focused on accessibility, ease of use, safety, security and emergency functions.

Apart from addressing the smartphone usage issues of brought about by age, the EziSmart addresses cognitive issues and fine motor control deficiency. These issues are prevalent in illness such as Alzheimer, dementia, essential tremor, cerebral palsy, dyspraxia, Parkinson and others.

The Ezi-PAD is ergonomically designed with very large concave keys made for direct depression or for rocking. The keys allow easy location and stabilization of a trembling or shaky finger and rocking up, down, left or right to select an alphabet or symbol.

The Ezi-Pad is a Bluetooth V.4 full alphanumeric keyboard. It has a cradle to house the smartphone. The cradle is able to house the Samsung S4, Samsung S6 and the Huawei P8Lite. In future other phone models will be considered.Tell us what models you prefer. We can consider your preference for future add on.

The Samsung S4 is an older model. It is still a very high performance quality product out performing many of the newer models from other manufacturers and its own stable. Network operators and other commercial actors are providing pre-owned and refurbished units at competitive prices. Do your bit for recycling and save the environment (a tiny bit).

The Samsung S6 is a top of the range flag ship model. The Huawei P8Lite is a high performance product available worldwide with a good price performance.

The Ezi-PAD emulates 6 keyboard types: US, UK, German, Danish, Swedish and Norwegian. (Tell us about your preference for future adaptations.)

The EziSmart app is a complete user interface specially designed for use with minimal taps for easy access and activation of all functions. It has emergency, safety and security features. It caters to users with varying degrees of capabilities.

The app can be used on its own with Android phones with versions 4.3 upwards. The screen size of the phone is recommended to be at least 4.5" for better user experience. Great for recycling.

The EziLaunch is the start screen. It is the main interface for the user. It is a self-contained all-in-one screen where all necessary actions and functions are available. The EziLaunch has 3 selectable formats as shown in the screenshots below. The most basic one addresses poor eye sight and cognitive issues and is made to be simple. The other 2 formats give a choice of complexity depending on the users preference.

Charging Dock - No more fiddling!

 EziSmart comes with a charging dock to avoid frustration with handling the small charging connector. With a regular place to dock the phone avoids the all to familiar question of "where is my phone?"

Lanyard - Hang It, Don't Lose It!

EziSmart has comes with a lanyard. This is provided as an assistance for people with mobility issues. Often the stress of trying to reach a phone whilst on the move (especially when both hands are on the walking frame or crutches) can cause falls. The lanyard in-conjunction with the hands-free Auto Answer feature (set for pre-selected persons) avoids having to manipulate the phone.

Selfie, Anyone?

The EziSmart even makes it easy for you to take a picture. You now have a handle for your camera.

A picture or selfie anyone?
A picture or selfie anyone?

Remote Assistance

With Quick Support app from Team Viewer your relative or a buddy or even a service provider can give you support and assistance from remotely when needed. 

There are many health apps like medicine reminder, pedometer, heart rate monitor, blood pressure monitor, glucometer etc in the market which can be installed in your smartphone. Your carer can access your phone to remotely check your medicine intake and your supply, follow your physical activities, monitor your blood pressure log and monitor your glucose level. 

The product is at its 4th. prototype stage. We are working on the 5th. prototype for final testing before tooling up for production. The home made video "EziSmart Prototype 4, Demo" below shows the operation of the unit.

This video demonstrates the state of development of the system and shows how the prototype works. It is estimated that 95% of the development is completed.

Why we need funding

We need funding to complete the production tooling which is mainly the molds for plastic injection. We have recently raised extra funding for this but we still have a short fall of Kr. 200,000 which is our funding goal in this project.

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Richard have been working on a universal design concept phone since 2010 with a research grant awarded by the Norwegian Research Council to research the concepts of accessibility and ease of use. The research project was titled JusFone – A Smartphone for Everyone. The JusFone concepts addressed universal accessibility and ease of use for smartphones. In this project the keyboard was tested with seniors, as well as a number of related research tasks were conducted.

This research was done in conjunction with the *Norsk Regnesentral (Norwegian Computing Center, NR) and **Seniornett. 

The EziSmart builds on the results from the research project mentioned above.

In July 2015, EziCare Tech AS was awarded a research project by the Norwegian Regional Research Council (Regionale Forskningsfond) which is a major center for knowledge and research-based innovation. The project “EziSmart: A means to contact and support for elderly living at home” (independent living) will be conducted in co-operation with ***SINTEF (ICT department). This research project will run from August 2015 to August 2016. 

 * Norsk Regnesentral (Norwegian Computing Center, NR) is a private, independent, non-profit foundation established in 1952. NR carries out domestic and international contract research and development projects in the areas of information and communication technology (ICT) and applied statistical modelling. In the area of ICT NR’s areas of focus are eInclusion, Security & Privacy and Smart Information Systems. NR’s vision is research results which are used and visible. https://www.nr.no/

 **Seniornett is a non-profit organisation established in 1995. Its focus is to ensure that seniors will actively participate in the new information society. Operations are based on volunteers all throughout Norway. The organisation’s central office is in Oslo, Norway, where there is a core staff and a number of volunteers, consultants and instructors. Seniornett has over 190 local clubs throughout Norway. http://www.seniornett.no/

 ***SINTEF is the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. SINTEF creates value and innovation through knowledge generation and development of technological solutions that are brought into practical use. SINTEF is a broadly based, multidisciplinary research institute with international top-level expertise in technology, medicine and the social sciences. SINTEF does research for the private and public sectors, and is among the four largest contract research institutions in Europe. http://www.sintef.no/en/

EziSmart is not just a product - it's a mission to enable high-quality independent living

Research shows that Loneliness, Isolation and Security Anxieties contribute to stress. Long-term stress can lead to depression which is one of the dangerous effects of stress in older people.

The Smart Phone with its inherent computing capabilities, communications, social media and health apps can help alleviate this.

The EziSmart is an enabler allowing the many people who are excluded from the smart phone technology to be included, enabling them to participate in the many inherent benefits.

The EziSmart's emergency, safety and security features provide peace of mind for the user as well as loved ones. 

In today's society mobility is pervasive and often family members are separated by long distances. With the many free multi-media apps the smart phone can provide visual contacts allowing grand parents to follow their beloved grand children growing up or simply just to keep in touch with friends and the community. In addition, carers can provide remote supervision and follow ups.

We have made the EziSmart to be compatible with Samsung S4 & S6 and the Huawei P8Lite. Let us know if you have a preference for other brands and models. 

EziCare Tech AS is in a position to assist in development of Apps especially in the eHealth domain and for people with special needs. Contact us at: support@ezicaretech.com

AS MENTIONED IN:

Gemini.no - http://bit.ly/1WCqgQV

SlashGear - http://bit.ly/1WCqgQV

Gizmag - http://bit.ly/1PzKBAp

Wireless Design and Development - http://bit.ly/1PzL8T

Physorg - http://bit.ly/1kmHf8U

Alpha Galileo - http://bit.ly/1WKxjaf

Info High Tech - http://bit.ly/1MU4lzS

E&T - Engineering and Technology Magazine - http://bit.ly/1SFvvcL

Longevitynetwork - http://bit.ly/1MU19EE

Newsunited - http://bit.ly/1Y1Rv4A

UK Make me feed - http://bit.ly/1M3N7MZ

The Team
The Team

The EziSmart team consists of Richard Chan, John Scott, Patrick Hansen, Raili Somelar, HeYao and Anna Wu.

Richard is a graduate engineer from Queen Mary, London university. He has over 40 years of experience in the telecommunications and military communications industry. His experience spans many facets of the industry from design and development, production, quality control, testing to marketing, sales and administration. He has held various senior positions at ITT, Alcatel and Thales. In the late seventies he co-founded a start up in the UK which designed, developed and manufactured a portable visual telephone for the deaf. The start up was supported by the Department of Trade and industry. His multi-faceted experience has benefited the design and development of EziSmart.

From the days of developing and manufacturing the Visual telephone for the deaf, Richard have always been interested in those less fortunate. As a retiree, Richard is focusing his attention on product development with a social contribution.

John Scott
John is the development counsellor. He is the sounding board and a devil’s advocate for the EziSmart development on all aspects of product development ranging from user interface to software and functional aspects. He has kept product development focused on the user’s needs.

John holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from Imperial College, London University. John is a serial entrepreneur and is currently CEO of Voyage Manager. He has eleven years’ experience working within the investment banking, financial services and telecommunications sectors. His roles have included architecture, development, team leading and project management. His key technical skills include C#, Java (JSE, JEE) and SQL. John is well versed in Android and iOS Apps development.

John’s Specialties: Management, Software development, Architecture, Management, Team leading, Entrepreneurship, Internet, Travel Security, Travel Management, Travel Technology, Travel Software, Travel Tracking, Travel Monitoring.

Patrick is young and energetic. He is a Msc graduate of NMBU (Norwegian University of Life Sciences) in entrepreneurial start up and innovation. He also holds a diploma from Rice University (Texas, USA) in technological entrepreneurship. He has been involved as a consultant in several national and international start ups and knows the issues involved in such ventures. His main task in these early businesses have been the strategic challenges, sales, marketing and business modeling. He has experience in guiding work ethics and is one who does not shy away from challenges. He will be looking after sales and marketing. Patrick has been a part time lecturer for entrepreneurship and similar subjects for the past year. His experience, motivation and personal enthusiasm will ensure that we serve the EziSmart user with commitment.

Raili is a MA graduate from Tallina university in Estonia and has a BA from the Groningen university in Holland. She is a marketing and communications professional with 8 years’ experience in various fields ranging from marketing strategies, social media marketing, customer relations and communications. She has worked in mobile telecom service providers, banking, governmental IT foundation and a military equipment manufacturer. In EziCareTech she will be looking after the Marketing, Communications and User interests.

HeYao is a graduate engineer from the University of Jilin. HeYao is highly proficient in software development and has 7 years of experience in developing software for smart phones, applications for Android ecosystem and in the IOT (Internet of Things) sector. His commitment to excellence has brought about the EziSmart application.

Anna is a graduate of Hunan Business College in business administration, sales and marketing. Anna has been in the outsourcing business for over 12 years in the IT sector. She has handled and supplied products outsourced to the companies she had been working for. These projects involved deliveries to countries such as Brazil, Spain, France and Germany. She is highly resourceful and has experience in quality control and co-ordination with the factories. She also took care of all logistics for shipping and after sales.  

Anna is also very good at sales and marketing. She is experienced at sourcing for products and understand customer sentiments which is a good personal characteristic.

Production of the EziSmart will be done in China. With her background and customer care, it will be comforting to have Anna on board to look after production co-ordination, shipping and logistics.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions at any time, during and after the campaign has closed, please get in touch with us at:

info@ezicaretech.com

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Risks and challenges

Current Development Status

The product is at its 4th. prototype stage. We are working on the 5th. prototype for final testing before tooling up for production. The home made demo video "EziSmart Prototype 4, Demo" shows the operation of the unit.

This demonstrates the state of development of the system and shows how the prototype works. It is estimated that 95% of the development is completed.

We have verified that all the EziSmart App functions are working in the beta software and tested it against Adroid OS from versions 4.3 to 5.1.1. Tests of the EziSmart App have been done with several makes and models (e.g. Sony, Huawei, Xiaomi, Samsung, LG, Alcatel). The Ezi-PAD (keyboard) hardware has been tested with the Samsung S4, S6, Huawei P8Lite, Alcatel Idol 3, and LG Spirit H440. By doing this we have minimised the risks with regards to the software and hardware.

From November to January 2016, we will be carrying out further improvements to the EziSmart App. These are improvement to the graphical design and work flow for increasing intuitive use, look and feel.

All electronic components used comes from reputable suppliers. The major component is the blue tooth component which comes from Nordic Semiconductor a well renown supplier.

An area which can contribute risk is that of manufacturing. We have put in place a person with extensive experience to take care of quality of the product when delivered from the factory and to ensure packing and shipping goes smoothly. In addition the production houses we have been talking to have comprehensive capabilities, good quality control and experienced in outsource production.

2 quality manufacturers in China have been short listed for production. The final selection will depend on the quantities to be manufactured.

We have also done some mock production "assembly and testing" using a prototype. The hardware is very simple,as there is only 1 PCB with very few electronic components giving little probabilities of error. These prototypes have been hand made which in general terms do not have the precision of factory produced parts; yet the "mock production" and assembly was not an issue.

The major development left is that of molding tools for stamping out the parts for the casing. This is not seen to be a hurdle as the tool maker selected has contractual commitment to supply tools that will do the job.

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