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Dave and the team discuss Apple and Epic’s feud continuing, TikTok’s new wellbeing resources, Facebook paying extra to shield their directors, Twitter misleading investors, FBI’s ransomware keys, Starlink exiting beta, Dyson robots that climb stairs, open drawers, and interact with appliances, and more.
Larry in Metamora, Michigan listens to the podcast and asked: “I have Charter Spectrum as my cable provider. I had their package of Cable TV, phone and Internet. My son told me about Sling TV, so I got that and canceled the cable TV portion of the Internet bill. IP providers can see what you’re doing. If they can see that we’re watching programs on Sling TV, are they slowing down the Internet on purpose? There have been a couple of instances where I was watching Sling and my wife was watching Netflix and it just stopped in the middle of the program. So I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard of cable TV companies doing that because you’re not paying them the $246 you were paying before?”
John, if you want to track people in common areas you may be able to find a facial recognition system but most are not for authorized for civilian use and you will almost certainly run into legal trouble if you don’t get rock solid consent from all the residents.
We haven’t found any systems sold to the general public that are not for things like opening a door when someone willingly activates it, so you may face an uphill battle if you want to find something like that.
If you want to track people within their own homes, you won’t be able to find anything that would allow you to do that legally.
If your residents want to be tracked, there are smartphones and other wearables that can be set to alert you if someone falls, if their heart rate is irregular, or they say they need help, but that’s up to each individual to get and wear rather than a pre-built solution for a whole condo.
If you just want people to be able to ask for help you can set them up with something inexpensive like a basic smart speaker that won’t come with a monthly bill, but will allow them to call you using their voice if they can’t reach a phone.
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