Videostrong HC1 Home Care Hub for the elderly serves as Smart Speaker, Smart Home gateway, video phone

Videostrong HC1 Home Care Hub is a Smart Home/IoT gateway designed for the elderly that also serves as a smart speaker with 10-meter far-field voice recognition, a video phone with a video built-in camera and speaker, and a 4K Android TV box.

The system is based on an Amlogic S905Y4 quad-core Cortex-A35 processor coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB RAM, supports Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and LoRa, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity, and offers both HDMI 2.1 video output, and HDMI 2.0 video input.

Videostrong HC1 Home Care Hub

HC1 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S905Y4 quad-core Arm Cortex-A35 @ 2.0GHz with Arm Mali-G31 MP2 GPU with OpenGL ES 3.2 support
  • System Memory – 2GB or 4GB RAM
  • Storage – 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB eMMC flash
  • Video
    • Output – HDMI 2.1 port up to 4Kp60
    • Input
      • Built-in 1920×1080 camera with 90° wide angle, manual cover, adjustable angle
      • HDMI 2.0 port up to 4Kp60
  • Audio
    • 5W RMS speaker
    • 2x built-in MEMS microphones
  • Connectivity
    • 10/100M Ethernet RJ45 port
    • Dual-band WiFi 5 2T2R and Bluetooth 5.1
    • LoRa with frequency band for the target market
    • ZigBee 3.0
  • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port
  • Misc – Buttons for power, volume control, microphone mute, and video calls
  • Power Supply – DC jack
  • Dimensions – 112 x 112 x 158mm
  • Weight – 580 grams

Amlogic S905Y4 HDMI input output

Amlogic S905Y4 Smart Home Gateway for the Elderly

The HC1 runs Android 11.0 with OTA firmware update support, The default package includes a power adapter and infrared & Bluetooth voice remote control, an HDMI cable, and a user manual. Videostrong also provides software solutions that integrate with Smart Home sensors (motion sensors, fire alarms, water leak sensors), health and fitness equipment/wearables, and multimedia features such as one-key video call and a 4K media player.

Home Care Hub Software Secutiry Health Video Call

There’s a cloud platform to manage a fleet of HC1 Home Care Hub remotely, healthcare management, telemedicine, and AI fall detection to raise an alarm if an elderly person falls due to an accident or a health event. There seems to be a new market for “Smart Home systems for disabled and elderly” as others companies such as Develco and Mokosmart are also providing this type of solution, and a few research papers have been published in recent years about leveraging the IoT for elderly care.

The HC1 is an ODM product designed to be sold to nursing homes, smart hotels, hospitals, or even education establishments, and the company was unable/unwilling to provide a sample price since the price will vary depending on the customer’s configuration. More details may be found on the product page.

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