Lively: connecting older adults and their families
Lively: connecting older adults and their families
Gives older adults greater independence and confidence to live at home longer with an ongoing daily activity connection.
Gives older adults greater independence and confidence to live at home longer with an ongoing daily activity connection. Read more
About this project
Do it for the elder role model in your life.
When you back our project in ANY amount on Kickstarter, you'll be making Lively happen for the parent, grandparent or other elder loved one in your life. Show your support with a pledge of $1, $5 or even just $10.
All backers of this campaign will receive exclusive updates and a discount on purchase when Lively is generally available in July.
When Lively ships, it will be the only consumer product of its kind at an unbelievable price:
One-time purchase of Lively for $149.
For a limited time, you can get Lively for only a $99 pre-order pledge here on Kickstarter.
Pay-as-you-go monthly subscription includes LivelyGram delivered every two weeks for $19.95 USD. Cancel anytime, no hassle.
Our general availability in the U.S. is planned for July 2013; all Europe, Canada and Australia orders to ship by December 2013.
What People Are Saying About Lively
"Best gift for Grandma this mother’s day.” - The Huffington Post
"…with this campaign, Lively is hoping to introduce a new audience to the idea of crowdfunding hardware." - PandoDaily
"…(Lively) didn't want to create a product based on exploiting people's fears but rather on enhancing their connectivity -Changingaging.com
"Lively is an activity sharing platform that helps you keep tabs on your independently living parents or grandparents,” - TechCrunch
"A product like this is more about our peace of mind than (our grandmother's), but ultimately finds a compromise between her desire for independence and our desire to make sure she is OK, without constantly needing to check-in." - VentureBeat
"Lively aims to overhaul the current model for remote care." Wall Street Journal
"A data-collection hub and biweekly printed mailers that serve as kind of an analog social network." - mobiHealth News
Track your activity. Share your life.
We designed Lively for the independent, lively person that you are. It tracks your daily activity at home that shows how you’re taking care. It enables you to be more mindful of your healthy habits. You'll feel safer knowing that loved ones can easily notice the first signs of any change in your typical routine. You'll also enjoy a tighter connection with family members by sharing the events of your day.
Stay connected the right way.
The idea of daily activity sharing may seem too much like monitoring, which doesn’t value your vibrant lifestyle. Lively is different because it lets you live your life on your own terms with a new level of social connectedness with your family and other loved ones.
How It Works
Lively learns your daily routine by using passive motion sensors that are placed on objects in the home. There's nothing to wear and no video cameras watching. With a Lively hub that just plugs in, it receives updates from the sensors using secure, built-in cellular technology. No Internet connection is required to use it. Lively's hardware includes:
1 Hub + built-in cellular connectivity (just plug in, ready to go)
2 sensors for the kitchen
2 sensors for pillboxes
1 sensors that we call "custom" - you can place it anywhere
1 key fob for the set you use most often
Elegant & Simple Simply plug in the Lively cellular hub - no phone line or internet connection is required to use it; built-in cellular service is included. The system then communicates wirelessly with passive motion sensors that are placed on objects in the home. Simple to use, easy to install, and there’s nothing to wear.
Low-profile Design With the placement of sensors that stay out of the way of how you go about your day, Lively learns your daily routine and enables you to share it. It senses your activity through motion and smartly interprets the data to show when you visit the kitchen for meals, medication is taken, or you leave the house.
At-a-Glance Display Activity status and details are available through a private web login or a secure mobile application (iPhone support when Lively ships; Android support by Q3 2013). Color-coded icons show activities as normal or different from a typical routine. Only designated family and friends have access to this display.
Reminders When You Need Them When the system notices a change from the normal routine, it sends a friendly notification by phone or email to the user. Family members and friends can be chosen to receive notifications as well.
Creative Sharing with LivelyGram Invite family and friends to share photos, news, and updates that we turn into a personalized mailer, called LivelyGram. Ideal for older adults who don’t want to use a computer to stay connected.
Your Personalized Circle Once a circle of family and friends are invited to contribute to an elder loved one’s personalized LivelyGram, we automatically compile the content and send it by postal mail approximately every two weeks.
Easy Content Uploads It’s easy to upload any picture saved on the computer or photos directly from a Facebook, Instagram or Flickr account, and more. Or, write short messages and sweet hellos from any computer, tablet or smartphone (iPhone support when Lively ships; Android support by Q3 2013).
Our Vision & Inspiration
Lively is the result of extensive research, interviews and insights gained from older adults and their extended families. We understand that technology doesn't make us feel closer; knowing more about each other's lives does.
More from Laura Carstensen, aging expert and founding director at the Stanford Center on Longevity here.
We Tested Lively with Real Users
Lively has tested its product (pre-production units) with about 30 households of older adults (age 75+) in Sarasota, Florida and their families. We’ve also surveyed hundreds of prospective customers to learn about their needs and preferences.
Our World-Class Manufacturing Partner
We’ve also been chosen by PCH International for its Accelerator program, which assists innovative startups to shorten their time-to-market process by benefiting from the same end-to-end integrated supply chain solutions and manufacturing resources used by the world's leading brands to gain a competitive edge.
We Need Your Help!
It’s now time we rallied the support of those who care deeply about the value of our connections in order to bring Lively to market. With your advance orders and online donations, we’ll prove demand for the product and more precisely forecast our initial manufacturing run.
Other Ways You Can Help
Plus, Lively is an Open Platform
Lively has been designed as an open platform, which means it’s possible to integrate the technology for an even wider range of possibilities. The basic components of the system include:
Accelerometer: all of the passive sensors included with Lively (except its key fob) include an accelerometer, which is calibrated to detect when the sensor is being moved.
Low Energy antennae: transmits activity information between all sensors (up to about 300 yards) securely to the Lively hub. Secure protocol ensures sensor activity is only shared with your hub.
Receiver: all data is then transmitted from the Lively hub to our cloud-based server system in order to display the activity for online as well as trigger notifications.
Lively is a team of technology geeks, health freaks, parents, athletes (some better than others) and unabashedly optimistic people. Our headquarters are in the Presidio located in San Francisco.
The company was founded by Iggy Fanlo, David Glickman, and Keith Dutton in 2012. With backgrounds that include working at some of the world's most innovative companies, they've formed a vibrant team of talented individuals who share a passion for helping families and friends stay connected across generations. You can meet the full team behind Lively here.
The Lively team also includes the talent of Fred Bould, Kristen Beck and Emmanuel Carrillo of Bould Design, the industrial design partner for popular consumer products, including the Nest Smart Thermostat. Phil Baker has generously lent Lively his expertise in all facets of our hardware product development. Frank Dunn is our stellar electrical engineering and design lead. We’re also especially grateful to Codigo and Tryo’s team of software developers. And we’re very honored to have been chosen by PCH International for its Accelerator program.
We also enlisted an army of experts in the field of aging; too many to list here. But, we really hope you know how much we appreciate your support and commitment.
Risks and challenges
We are in the final stages of our hardware injection molding and final packaging design. And we’ll be ready to begin full volume manufacturing of Lively to make it available in the U.S. in July 2013; all Europe, Canada and Australia pre-orders will be shipped by December 2013. Our manufacturing partner – PCH International – also has adequate capacity (and experience working with other Kickstarter-backed ventures) in order to get the product into your hands as soon as possible.
Further, the web-based system that underlies the powerful functionality of Lively with integrated LivelyGram support is being rigorously quality tested and user-tested. There’s always the possibility that our operational systems will not be ready in time for our planned July launch, but we believe the chance of this is low.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
A monthly pay-as-you-go subscription fee of $19.95 USD will be charged. Customers may cancel at any time - and we’ll even remind you of this charge before it’s billed each month for no-hassle cancellation.
The monthly subscription fee includes Lively’s built-in cellular connection as well as a LivelyGram creative printed mailing sent to elder loved ones every 2 weeks.
We intend to ship Lively in Europe, Canada and Australia by December 2013. And we are working on all manufacturing and distribution logistics to make Lively available in other international markets. But, we cannot fulfill interest from international backers in other markets at this time.
Ship dates for additional international versions of Lively will not be determined until Q4 2013.
Lively will be generally available in the U.S. by July 2013 for purchase online and by phone. We look forward to offering it in Europe, Canada and Australia by December 2013.
Advance orders of Lively are only accepted through this special Kickstarter campaign at this time.
Lively’s system does not require in-home internet connectivity or phone line as it has a built-in cellular connection. This cellular account is included and fully handled by Lively, just like other products that include a built-in cellular connection (e.g. E-Reader devices). Only its one-time set up requires the use of a computer, tablet or smartphone(iPhone support when Lively ships.; Android support by Q3 2013).
We are not accepting pre-orders for additional sensors at this time. We fully expect to support this by Q3 2013.
We take your privacy seriously at Lively. All data collected by our sensor technology is encrypted and transferred to our cloud-based system using secure Internet protocols, which ensures that the information is accessible only to those authorized for access.
No, Lively isn’t intended to monitor a critical medical condition or trigger an emergency response (personal emergency response system, or PERS). Instead, Lively provides an ongoing activity-sharing connection for more dignified, satisfying support and peace of mind. Knowing about one's daily activity also creates a new avenue of connection. And it helps loved ones more easily notice a change that deserves attention.
Up to 40 million older adults living at home in the U.S. and Europe who want to stay independent; simultaneously, their loved ones, more than 100 million adults, who worry about their elder’s health and well-being.
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