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€27
pledged of €50,000pledged of €50,000 goal
3
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jun 1 2019

About

Mylo is a monitoring companion robot, paired with a health sensor watch, designed to help people with dementia to retain their independence while living at home or with their families, easing the stress involved with caring and being cared for.


A social enterprise is an organisation that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in social well-being. We're not a charity, we're just a little company with a big heart. 

Like most people, our founder Candace Lafleur never had much of an interest in healthcare until it became her lifeline. Diagnosed at the age of 32 with a rare autoimmune disease, Candace spent the next 3 years in and out of hospitals, culminating with a major cerebellar stroke as a result of her condition. 

Spending so much time on stroke units and rheumatology wards led to a new perspective on the potential for monitoring robotics as independence promoting aids - designed to solve common problems of communication, security, privacy and perceived loss of control, Mylo was essentially started as a scribble on a napkin accompanying yet another hospital lunch of macaroni and cheese suspiciously lacking in macaroni.

Out of this grew Castle Rook and CR Robotics, which has grown to become a dedicated team of developers, project managers and core team members that are passionate in our shared goal of making life better. We're driven by challenge and the satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of people that could use a bit of help - not profitability or having to answer to external shareholders. We are in a unique position that enables us to appreciate the value of 'enough'.

Mylo has been designed to promote and support independence for people living with dementia in a variety of settings. Because of the sensitive nature of assistive technology and Mylo’s monitoring capabilities, we have consulted with dementia advocates to ensure that Mylo implements ethics by design. We’re a social enterprise, and we’ve never been happier. 


 I said 'Somebody should do something about that' ... and then I realized that I am somebody. - Lily Tomlin

Fall Emergency Response

Each year, 1 in 3 people over 65 falls, increasing the risk of injuries and anxiety. Because a person's ability to contact help after the disorientation of a fall is severely limited, Mylo can sense a fall, locate his user within the home and, if necessary, initiate an emergency response protocol.

Heart Rate Emergency Response

Older or more vulnerable adults have an increased risk of adverse cardiac events, and it can be complicated and confusing for someone with dementia to try to get help quickly.

Mylo’s watch senses heart rate in real time, triggering an emergency video call response to the primary contact so that the primary contact can assess and react to the user in real-time. By taking control of Mylo, primary contacts can ‘be with’ a user during an emergency until first responders arrive.

Guard

A study published by the Alzheimer’s Association reported that 60% of people with dementia will wander; a significant concern for family members caring for someone with dementia in their own home, worrying about them wandering outside the home and becoming lost.

Mylo draws a virtual boundary across an area that, if crossed by the user, alerts the primary contact. Boundaries can be a bedroom at night, a home or garden during the day, or wherever best suits the user and their carer.

Video Communication

The disorientation and confusion of dementia can make communication difficult. Remembering to charge a mobile phone, using a touch screen or remembering where the a user has placed their phone can pose frustrating barriers to communication.

Mylo allows for unhindered video chat with family, friends and carers using WiFi - wherever the user is in the home. Incoming calls are conveniently brought to the user where they are in the home, and to make an outgoing call a user simply calls Mylo to them and asks Mylo to make a call.

Abuse Prevention

Allegations of elderly abuse are serious concerns, although instances of abuse do not happen frequently.

​Mylo’s preventative measures help to reduce the risk of elder abuse, as well as to protect carers against allegations of abuse, easing the anxiety of potential abuse in vulnerable care situations. 

Visual Schedule

Mylo brings a unique visual prompt aspect to his user’s daily schedule and routines, reminding and instructing users to take medications, eat at regular times and to remain hydrated with personalized cues and photo/ video reminders.

​Mylo’s linked calendar function notifies and reminds his user of scheduled visits - with visual and verbal cues and preparation instruction.This function enhances the interaction experience of the user with visitors and carers to encourage a smooth and less intrusive transition. 

Risks and challenges

Mylo has been primarily self-funded to date, which is certainly an ongoing challenge! However, our challenge now is getting him to individual families that need him, and building up the inventory we need to get Mylo into first the Irish market, then expanding to areas outside of Ireland.

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    Your name on www.heymylo.com in thanks

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    Personalized Video from Mylo

    Your name will be included on www.heymylo.com as a valued sponsor, and you will receive a personalized video message from Mylo thanking you himself!

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    Want a video of a robot shouting out hip-hop lyrics on the steps of an Irish castle? Announcing your engagement? Any (reasonably appropriate) video message, anywhere in Ireland - it's your choice!

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    1 year free use of Mylo

    Your own Mylo for 1 full year - be one of the first to have a Mylo in your home!

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    Your very own Mylo! (forever!)

    Your own Mylo and all future updates are included in this reward. (shipping is charged separately)

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