10 Comments

  1. Carol

    Your story is very touching. It is good to see the care and concern you have for your mom. I wish WiGait was around back in those days when my grandmother fell and broke her hip. She did not survive the fall, neither did my father-in-law who also fell and didn’t survive. I am all in for this product and will be a voice starting now. This post will be shared with family and friends because we all care about our loved ones. I know they will greatly appreciate this article.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Carol,

      I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother and father-in-law. I extend God’s grace to you. Yes, I too wish WiGait was around much sooner. However, I take comfort in knowing that many  will now benefit  from this amazing technology. I wish you the best.

  2. Excelle

    This is indeed a novelty gadget and I really appreciate the genius minds behind it. The idea of having this at home and even in care homes, nursing homes or homes for the elderly, is a great relief.
    Do you think a similar device would be great for children, especially at stages between crawling and walking. Lots of babies fall down loads of times while trying to take their very first step.

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Excelle,

      I think a lot of people wish WiGait was around years earlier. As some people with elderly loved ones have lost them as a result of not surviving a fall. However, you make the very good point that  a similar device to WiiGait would be great for children at the crawling and walking stage. Excellent point. I’ll look into that. I am sure that indeed a device that keeps track of babies movements is in the pipeline or being contemplated by some researcher dealing with technology and health.

  3. Rose

    Wow! This is an amazing technology. I realized that it is in the developmental stage and not yet ready for mass use. However, I am someone who is constantly worried about my elderly mom taking a bad fall that she may not survive. I feel a lot better that there are people out there who are using non invasive technology to help us monitor a loved one who may be in a fragile state.
    Thanks for the very helpful information.

    • Hi Rose,
      Yes, I have to agree with you. This is technology that I think can have long term positive consequences in the caring of the elderly. It will not only ensure more safety at home but also play a vital role in identifying nervous diseases like Parkinson’s Disease. Such diseases have shown to often start with reduction in the number and quality of steps taken as someone walks. These are precisely the type of things that WiGait is able to measure.

  4. Douglas

    Great story and an amazing technology. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I’m sure it will bring a level of comfort to all of us who are constantly worried about a loved one falling and hurting themselves badly. I have a friend whose father never recovered from a broken hip that happened as a result of a bad fall. This post really hit home. I wish this technology had been around years earlier. That said, I’ll bookmark your post as I’m sure some of my family will want to read it.

    • I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Unfortunately, there are still too many incidents of elderly people falling and hurting themselves badly. Still, I think this technology will go a long way in reducing the incidents of falls once it is mass produced and everyone has access to it.

  5. Dammy

    Fantastic!
    This is no doubt a great technology. How I wish it’s produced in large scale already. My mom is old and I am always kind of worried she might fall whenever she is left alone in the house. This would have been a perfect and timely solution to relieve me of such worries. However, I patiently wait till this will be available to all.
    Nice and really helpful post!

    • Hi Dammy,

      When I first heard about WiGait I was blown away. As i said, I think the value of WiGait is providing the ability of caregivers to take a less safe environment and make it more safe for a loved one who is at risk of taking a life-changing fall. Since writing about this amazing technology I have had inquires from caregivers about when WiGait will be mass produced. I don’t know, but I’ll be on the look out for any new development. As soon as I know, all my readers, such as you, will also be in the loop.

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