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ZigBee-equipped underpants are being used to detect incontinence in Australian care homes. The Smart Incontinence Management (SIM) System from Simavita connects a moisture detector with a ZigBee transmitter to log incontinence "events" for plotting on a helpful SIMchart while alerting staff with an SMS message, as RFID Journal …


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  1. Flugal

    Great line

    "bowel movements are only a software upgrade away."

    Plus ça change...

    1. Marcus Aurelius

      I presume the upgrade will be known as

      Cr*p software!

      1. Chronos


        The update will be known as IPeeV6.

        1. Manas Straw

          Well Played, Sir!

          Well played.

  2. Daniele Procida

    Technology: a solution in search of a problem - again

    This is likely to follow the trajectory of many other technology-led 'advances' in patient care.

    20 years ago PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy - through a tube into the stomach) feeding was the hospital nutritionists' great new hope.

    Now it's recognised that a) iPEG feeding is not indicated in many cases where it previously would have been urged, and b) it can actually diminish the quality of care a patient receives, because the attention of nursing staff can easily become focused on reading signals from the machine providing the feeding, rather than attending to the patient.

    But until those lessons were learned, an army of medics and nutritionists wielding PEG equipment were convinced that what many of their patients needed most was to have it plugged into them.

    In the less medicalised environment of a care home, which relies enormously upon the sensitivity of care staff to subtle signals from people who often can't express their needs at all, this could become a kind of barrier masquerading as convenience, and could be entirely at odds with the interests of those receiving care.

  3. Graham Bartlett


    I was going to say "you're shitting me", but...

    If nurses can't be bothered to take patients to the toilet (or simply don't have time due to understaffing), what does this accomplish? Seems to me the only folks who'll gain are medical-negligence lawyers who can say "my client spent 20 hours without a nurse seeing him/her". The client won't gain - at this point in their lives, chances are very high that either they are no longer aware of what's going on, or that by the time the case gets to court they'll already be dead. And if the nursing staff decide to wait for patients to wet themselves instead of regularly doing the necessary with toilet-visit/bedpan/catheter, that's not going to help patients either.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      I don't think you understand what incontinence is...

  4. Anonymous Coward


    "even now the product seems surprisingly bulky."

    Is that a wee sensor in your pants, or are you just happy to see me?

  5. ravenviz
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    Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells

    "especially in the case of low care beds"

    Low care beds. OK then.

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    1. Anonymous Coward

      RE: Surely...

      Although there isn't an app for that yet, Apple can't exactly make one because a certain other software vendor has already released something which isn't a million miles away from diarhittic incontence.

      I don't want to mention who it is but I'm sure there is some information available somewhere off the "Start" menu that'll tell you who made it...

  7. Winkypop Silver badge

    What's next?

    A flurry of ZigBee pr0n sites?

  8. Anonymous Coward
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    Good idea

    Its for incont pads

    You dont really want to check ppl are wet, sending and SMS is very quick and and simple.

    most incont pads have a wetness indicator, but this can only been seen on the product itself

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There are other uses too.

    I was trying to find a cheap methane detector as a present for a friend who just had a baby but I can't find one without a very loud and annoying screamer which will only duplicate what the kid will be doing anyway soon enough.

  10. Michael Xion

    But surely...

    ...if you want funding from the oz government, a 'filter' will be mandatory.

  11. Craig 28

    Does that make them...

    Digital dribble detecting drawers? Cordless crap checking knickers?

  12. OC
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    3 days......

    Surely they don't need a 3 day battery life and change their pants on a daily basis?!

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