Smart Home

This lamp can watch over aging loved ones and call for help

Nobi's smart lamps use multiple sensors to detect emergencies.

Bedroom with Nobi lamp hanging from ceiling Credit: Nobi

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Aging in place or living with a disability in this high-tech world is becoming more and more feasible. With smart monitoring solutions and security devices becoming easier to afford and use, adult children find themselves turning to the latest in smart home technology to keep a watchful eye on their aging loved ones. With that in mind, a company called Nobi debuted a pretty impressive piece of technology at CES this year: a smart light that can help you look out for your elders, while still respecting their privacy.

Much more than a smart light

Nobi lamps hang unobtrusively from the ceiling. They look like your standard modern lamp, but the tech under the hood is anything but standard. Not only does this lamp adjust the room’s lighting, it monitors for falls, changes in mobility and habits, and changes in air quality. It also acts as a burglar alarm and a smoke/CO2 detector. In the event that an emergency situation or a fall has been detected, the lamp can call trusted contacts for help. There is also a panic button in case of an emergency that wasn’t detected by the lamps. If help is needed, Nobi unlocks the door so that the caregiver can access the house easily.

Nobi living room
Credit: Nobi

Nobi lamps blend seamlessly into the decor.


There are two different lamps, the larger (Nobi) is designed for bigger rooms like bedrooms, living rooms, etc. The smaller version of the lamp (Nobita) is humidity resistant and can be used in bathrooms, large closets, and other tight spaces.

Security, not surveillance

Nobi does not function as a smart security camera. Most of this is sensed only by motion detection, and if the caregiver gets an alert that there has been a fall, they only see an abstract representation of the person’s body and where it’s located in the room to help them understand the situation. It’s a pretty impressive blend of security, monitoring, and privacy, assuring a person never feels like they are under surveillance.
For an entire home setup, the cost will be $2,499, but there is also the option to rent the system for $119 per month.
Nobi plans to release in the US late 2021.

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