V.ALRT – Right On The Button


There are a lot personal emergency devices on the market.  And many bear little resemblance to what you’ve seen in the “Please help me, Ive fallen and I can’t get up” commercials.  One of the most compact we’ve seen is the V.ALRT from VSN mobil .  The company also markets the same device with the name V.BTTN, which it promotes as a multi-function push button. The device pairs with your Android or iOS device so you are not limited to your home landline service.  It’s the smallest we’ve seen with a built-in accelerometer for fall detection.  The button works pretty much the way you’d expect.

You pair it with your valert and phonesmartphone then you set up the contacts you want to notify in the event of an emergency.  Get into trouble, push the button, and it emits a screeching alarm and sends your personalized message to your contacts.  For example,  the message for my wife and kids says simply “Dad is having an emergency and may have fallen.” Using location services on your smartphone the device provides your contacts with your location in case they have to send help.  In the event of a spurious fall alert  you have a couple of seconds to cancel the alert before the notification is sent out.

valert pendantThe button can be worn in a number of ways.  You can snap it into a provided wristband, or you can put into a rubber collar that can be worn as a pendant or attached to a clip.  The price is $60.00 and unlike many other devices there are no monthly subscription or service fees.  Readers of Tech50+ can get an additional 20% off by entering the code  “Holiday20” at checkout on the V.ALRT website.

VSN Mobil believes the device has many potential applications and it is actively promoting third party application development.  Recently the company sponsored a contest  to create apps. Among the winners were an app to remotely control your smartphone camera, and one that serves as an on/off switch for a voice recorder.

Unlike some of the other devices that are huge and clunky, the V.ALRT is very small and can be worn discretely.  Given its size, its ease of use and its accessible price, we think this personal emergency device is right on the button.

For more information visit  http://www.vsnmobil.com/wearables/v-alrt/


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Gary is an award-winning journalist who has been covering technology since IBM introduced its first personal computer in 1981. Beginning at NBC News, then at ABC News, Ziff Davis, CNN, and Fox Business Network. Kaye has a history of “firsts”. He was the first to bring a network television crew to the Comdex Computer Show, the first technology producer on ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, the first to produce live coverage of the Solar Power International Conference, and the creator of the Fox Business Network signature series, “Three Days In The Valley”. Along the way he created the History Channel Multimedia Classroom. He has been a contributor to both AARP’s website and to AARP radio, as well as to a handful of other print and web-based publications where he specializes in issues involving boomers/seniors and technology. He has been a featured speaker and moderator at industry events such as the Silvers Summit and Lifelong Tech Conferences at CES, the M-Enabling Health Summit, and the What’s Next Baby Boomer Business Summit. His column, “Technology Through Our Eyes” appears in half a dozen newspapers and websites across the country.


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