According to the HiLois website, HiLois is designed for and centered around a family member (VIP) who may feel disconnected from the rest of the family. Often the VIP is uncomfortable with smart phones, tablets, and computers. They may have other challenges, such as Alzheimer’s Disease, making it difficult to use these types of devices.
Families provide devices for HiLois, but Harnett told CincyInno several facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living communities, have considered getting shared devices for residents.
HiLois began as a startup in the UC 1819 Innovation Hub's Venture Lab accelerator, and remains headquartered at 1819.
“The Innovation Hub is helping us make money under a grant mechanism,” Harnett told CincyInno. “If you have enough users to create critical mass, then there are multiple ways to make money from that — but we’re not there yet.”