Techies leak secret Comcast plan to record you in your home
| Christina Farr, May 21 2019
| CNBC – Comcast is working on an in-home device to monitor people’s health, and aims to begin pilot-testing it later this year.
A team under Sumit Nagpal, a senior vice president and general manager of health innovation at Comcast who previously worked at the consulting firm Accenture, has been working on the device for more than a year, according to two people with direct knowledge.
Nagpal joined Comcast in February of this year, according to LinkedIn, to build a strategy and a team for bringing the new health hardware to market.
[Accoring to his LinkedIn page, Sumit Nagpal is a “passionate, courageous and determined innovator committed to leaving the world a better place than [he] found it.” – Ed.]
Will tracking device be concealed in your remote? Your cable box? No one is talking …
These people asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on behalf of Comcast, and Comcast declined to comment. (Comcast owns NBCUniversal, the parent company of CNBC.)
The device will monitor people’s basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with a focus on whether someone is making frequent trips to the bathroom or spending more time than usual in bed.
Comcast is also building tools for detecting falls, which are common and potentially fatal for seniors, the people said.
Comcast plans to offer the device and related service to at-risk people, including seniors and people with disabilities, but the timing, pricing and roll-out plan have not been finalized.
It will start to experiment with pilots, which are not limited to Comcast customers, by the end of 2019, with potential commercial release in 2020.
Unlike most home speakers, the device won’t be positioned as a communications or assistant tool, and won’t be able to do things like search the web or turn lights on and off.
But it will have a personality like Alexa and it will be able to make emergency phone calls in the case of a health event, the people said.
The device would be a first for Comcast in health … Read more.