Shem Richards
CEO, Goldilocks


Shem, a former medical device engineer turned visionary entrepreneur, founded Goldilocks with a mission to extend the walls for care into your own homes. Under his leadership, Goldilocks emerged as a pioneering ‘smart clothing’ company, seamlessly integrating technology and textiles. This innovative approach allowed discreet sensors within garments to monitor biometrics in real time. Shem’s foresight led to products that not only provided valuable data but also offered comfort and familiarity to wearers.

Goldilocks quickly gained prominence, offering groundbreaking solutions to enhance the lives of newborns and parents. After this successful launch, Goldilocks was approached by ECH Inc to develop a product for their customers. Goldilocks is leading the transformation of healthcare through technology-infused textiles, exemplifying the power of purpose-driven innovation. Shem’s transition from a medical engineer to an entrepreneur showcases the potential for individuals to create positive change at the intersection of technology and human wellbeing.






Using ‘Smart’ Clothing to Ensure Seniors Living With Dementia Are Kept In The Goldilocks Zone At Home

The escalating challenges presented by seniors living with early-stage dementia call for innovative interventions that address patients’ wellbeing without the drawbacks of pharmaceutical solutions. The SA Innovation Challenge, supported by the South Australian Government, united Goldilocks, ECH Inc, and the University of Adelaide to pioneer a groundbreaking approach. This initiative centres on Goldilocks, a leading smart clothing company, and its role in harnessing wearables data to provide personalized support, encouraging physical, mental, and social engagement. This tailored approach stands in stark contrast to the side effects commonly associated with antipsychotic drugs, which include falls and confusion, making them less than ideal for home care settings.

Goldilocks’ strategy revolves around utilizing wearable sensors embedded within clothing to discreetly monitor the wearer’s biometrics. By gathering real-time data, the technology offers a personalized support system that fosters holistic engagement for dementia patients. This approach targets physical activity, mental stimulation, and social interactions, all of which reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

The conference presentation will extensively cover the collaborative journey undertaken by Goldilocks, ECH Inc, and the University of Adelaide. It will illuminate the development process, challenges encountered, outcomes and findings gleaned from an exhaustive four-month trial involving early-stage dementia patients. This trial was meticulously designed to assess the usability, and overall impact of the ‘smart clothing’ in real-life scenarios.

The trial participants, over the course of four months, integrated the sensor-equipped garments into their daily routines. The data collected from these sensors provided insights into their activities, movements, and wellbeing. The analysis of this data yielded a series of positive outcomes. Participants reported an increased sense of safety and independence, attributed to the timely interventions facilitated by the technology. The unobtrusive nature of the clothing eased its integration into daily life, garnering higher acceptance rates among patients. Caregivers also benefited from reduced stress levels due to remote monitoring, leading to improved communication within care teams.

In conclusion, the SA Innovation Challenge effectively united diverse expertise to develop pioneering ‘smart clothing’ for early-stage dementia patients. The presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the trial’s outcomes, spotlighting its positive effects on safety, independence, and caregiver stress reduction, while addressing challenges and improvements. This collaborative effort serves as a testament to the potential of innovation in transforming aged care, inspiring future interdisciplinary initiatives.