How a kettle could help keep older people safe

AI linked to every day items like kettles and showers could alert family members if their elderly relatives have diverted from their normal morning routine.

The system, being trialled by Censis, learns typical activity of of someone living alone and aims to spot any erratic behaviour, helping to identify when they may have issues.

If Allan Fraser, 94, fails to make his usual morning cup of tea at his home in Buckie and does not respond to an automated text message, then his son will be alerted.

Allan is one of 19 households across Dundee, Glasgow and Buckie taking part in the trial, which Censis hopes to roll out on a larger scale.