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Medical Guardian made a smartwatch for seniors

The $99 wearable gives users weather updates, pill reminders and access to emergency calls.

The Medical Guardian smartwatch. (Courtesy photo)

Center City-based Medical Guardian, makers of medical alert products for older adults, just went live with a product for the “new senior” — a smartwatch called Freedom Guardian.

You won’t find Twitter or Facebook apps on the wearable, but it does feature a two-way communication system for emergency response, reminders for daily tasks like taking pills and local weather forecasts.

The $99 wearable comes with an accessible interface featuring large icons, voice-texting and screen-reading capabilities. Access to the full capabilities of the watch will run users a $44 monthly service fee.

Geoff Gross, founder and CEO of Medical Guardian, said the smartwatch is a symbol of the company’s next wave of offerings and the larger shift in connected health.

“We’re thrilled to finally bring this first-of-its-kind device to our current and future customers,” Gross said. “It’s an achievement that is a result of a massive collaborative effort by our team and partners. The release of this product will further our mission to empower older Americans to continue living the lives they love, for as long as they can while maintaining an independent lifestyle.”

The device, first previewed at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is water-resistant, features GPS and WiFi connectivity and comes in black or white.

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