Meet The Inventors: Gary Rotman of Simpl Technology On How To Go From Idea To Store Shelf
My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia in 2010. He suffers from multiple chronic diseases and ended up in the hospital due to medication compliance issues when my mom was out. My aha moment hit me the next morning, the instant I woke up. A voice messaging alarm clock. Why can’t I add any voice recording, have my mom reminding my dad when to take his meds, even when she is not home? Lucky for me I also had 25 years of experience embedding new technologies into timepieces. My dad, a holocaust survivor, is still hanging in there at 92!
I had the pleasure to interview Gary Rotman, Simpl Technology co-founder and COO.
Gary is a career consummate entrepreneur launching several first-to-market consumer electronics products over his 30 year career. One innovative product called the iTalk Reminder Assistant inadvertently received numerous testimonials regarding helping people remember how and when to take their medications, treatment and other everyday tasks, hearing messages in a loved-ones familiar voice. In 2013, Gary founded Life Assist Technologies Inc., educated newly named “Reminder Rosie” to healthcare professionals, caregivers and users locally and at hospitals, facilities and conferences across US and Canada and shipped overseas. Mr. Barnet, a Reminder Rosie customer, developed a relationship and together founded Simple Technology and launched a line of popular ‘age at home’ senior electronics, under the SMPL brand.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Before we dive in, our readers would love to learn a bit more about you. Can you tell us a bit about your “childhood backstory”?
I had a happy, adventurous childhood. Tried almost every activity possible. Almost burned the house down, was knocked out running into trees, participated in lots of sports, high school wrestling and was the science fair champion. Clearly an ADHD kid…