IIT Kharagpur students develop ‘CARE4U’ app to connect caregiver and elderly

July 23, New Delhi: Students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have developed two interconnected android smartphone applications with an aim to support geriatric care by helping caregivers to reach out to the aged on time.

An interdisciplinary team of second-year B.Tech students has developed the app named ‘CARE4U’ that connects the caregiver to the elderly. One of these apps can be installed on the mobile phones of the aged person and the other can be attached to the caregiver’s smartphone.

App to detect if elderly has fallen down

“The neural network-based fall detection algorithm in the app installed on the phone of the elderly can detect whether the elderly has fallen down. If there is a fall, it automatically calls the caregiver and emergency services with the location of the elderly person,” a statement stated.

Cognitive intelligent chatbot for aged person

Detection of emotion by taking a picture and calculating the mood index are some of the other features. A cognitive intelligent chatbot has also been developed by the team for the elderly person to engage with. This has made this feature more effective.

“We customized it to recognize the current mood of the person and, accordingly, fine-tune its conversations with that of the person. For example, the chatbot can recommend a motivational quote or an old song when the person is sad,” team member Kanishka Haldar from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering has been quoted as saying to a national daily.

Making a call, sending a text, booking a cab, etc. can also be done with the help of the app. A record of medical histories, an account of allergies, an SOS button, real-time location tracking, etc. are also kept with it.

A ‘Medicine Reminder’ feature for reminding both the elderly person as well as the caregiver that it is time for the former to take medicine is also there in the ‘CARE4U’ app. This app recently won the institute’s team the first runners-up position at a national hackathon called vesAIthon’19.

The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is a public institute that was set up in 1951 by the government of India. Recognised as an Institute of National Importance by the Indian government, IIT KGP was the first of the IITs to be established.