After several months of development, the Google Ventures and FKA-backed bloom, is unveiling its first generation of products aimed to combat dementia, and (perhaps equally as important) the disintegration of communication among families.The seed which blossomed into bloom’s initial suite of products was initially laid in founder Keith Kocho’s head by an errant copy of MIT Technology Review, Mr. “My wife dropped a copy of MIT magazine in my lap a couple of years ago.
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“People used to love the simplicity and ubiquity of the telephone. Foster more frequent connections and improve piece of mind and you have a global product opportunity,” according to Kocho.
The problem is that kids don’t talk on the phone anymore. The bloom device that Kocho and his team are bringing to market today consists of three parts: an app for i OS and Android, offering basic photo sharing and voice messaging services; a basic tablet device that displays shared images, responds to presence in a given area, and provides video streaming services for live chat and messaging; and a wearable device to identify an individual and allow them access to photos, videos and video calls (the wearable also has basic fitness tracking and emergency support features).
They will hear the emotion and individual intonation in a message and not require emoticons to understand what the speaker meant. They will share information about each others lives that will enrich the times that they do connect live.
They’ll be more engaged socially and they will live healthier lives.” A 2013 report on aging from the Centers for Disease Control reported that 25% of the elderly population have some type of mental health problem, like a mood disorder not associated with normal aging and 12% of adults 65 or older report they “rarely” or “never” received the emotional support they needed.
I read an article on the ballooning public health crisis of Alzheimer’s and was inspired.” As Kocho told the Wall Street Journal, which broke the news of the companies initial financing, the problem of communication hit particularly close to home, since his own father lived far from the family.
“I had been thinking about how wearable technology could be leveraged to create a next-generation user experience by orchestrating physical presence and proximity and there it was.
“[There are] three parts to this, one is the absence of passwords and apps (remove barrier to entry and serendipitous connection), the second is the unified design of bloom in that it combines the best of social networking, rich messaging, media sharing, and video chat in a single UX (no hunting and pecking, no gluing things together remotely and having to tech support multiple platforms), and lastly is the value of presence (knowing that someone is there, potentially available to talk to vs. The company’s intiial plan was to start with a watch, but it changed course after testing and research showed that an integrated product on a watch would be both too costly, and Aiming to ship by the holiday season, bloom is retailing its devices for 9 in this pre-order period, with the retail price coming in at 9. Kocho says they get a new chance to connect with family. “They might not do it live, but they will tell each other small stories.
They will listen to the sound of each other’s voices.
“Younger people tend to be over programed and older people tend to be concerned about disturbing that insanity,” says Kocho.