Apple applies for health-related ‘In-Home Event Intercom and Notifications’ patent

FIG. 1 is a diagram of an in-home health intercom and notification system.

Apple has applied for a patent (number US 20230360507 A1) for “In-Home Event Intercom and Notifications.” It’s a heath feature that involves an Apple device detecting when a person has an issue and notifies a second person (via his/her Apple device) to provided assistant. 

About the patent filing

In the patent filing, Apple notes that modern electronic devices are seamlessly integrated into our surroundings, such as in a home environment or an office environment. These electronic devices are becoming increasingly popular for users accessing a range of healthcare-based applications. Users can connect to the Internet via an electronic device in their home or office and access healthcare-based applications via their mobile phones, tablet computers, home entertainment systems, and the like.

Per Apple’s patent filing, a computing device (Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, etc.) receives a health event message from an user device via a short-range transmission protocol. The message includes a description of a health event experienced by a first person in a home environment. The first computing device can be in operable communication with a second computing device (another Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or HomePod) via a smart home platform that manages the home environment. 

The first computing device transmits the message to the second computing device via an Internet-based transmission protocol. The second computing device can detect a second person in the home environment that can render assistance to the first person. The first device receives, via the Internet-based transmission protocol, a response from the second device that the second computing device has detected the second person and has transmitted the message to a second user device associated with the second person.

Summary of the patent filing

Here’s Apple’s abstract of the patent filing; “Techniques are disclosed for in-home health intercom and notification. In one example, a first device receives a message comprising a description of an event of a first person in an environment from a first user device using a first transmission protocol. The first device detects that the message is an event message. 

“The first device transmits the event message to the second computing device in the environment using a second transmission protocol, where the first device and the second device are in operable communication using a local area network. The first device receives, using the second transmission protocol, a response from the second device that the second computing device has transmitted the event message to a second user device.”

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.