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Panasonic to help keep eye on single-living seniors

Sensors will monitor sleep, breathing for signs of trouble

Panasonic's system monitors the movements and sleep patterns of seniors living alone.

TOKYO -- Panasonic will roll out a remote monitoring service for seniors living alone that alerts caregivers of possible signs of health problems, hoping to meet growing demand as Japan grapples with its aging population.

Starting in September, the Japanese company will outfit around 10 homes in three cities with devices measuring everything from the occupant's movements, breathing and sleep patterns to the temperature of various rooms. Local nursing staff will be contacted to perform a check-in if changes that suggest trouble occur, such as a rapid rise in room temperature or signs of poor sleep.

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