In 2009, under the advice of Frank McDonald, Jack Riester and I formed Eperture, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CyberMetrix, Inc. The intension was two-fold: 1) diversity CyberMetrix’ dependency on the automotive industry and 2) provide better solutions to wellness and aging challenges that people were facing. We developed product concepts and our first prototype by 2011 but circumstances forced us to put our developed on hold. In 2014, Jack passed away of a rare cancer and I decided to sell CyberMetrix. In 2015 I purchased Eperture from CyberMetrix and in 2016 sold CyberMetrix. The proceeds from that sale allowed me to invest more aggressively in our original vision. By mid 2017, we had two products in prototype stage, RememberStuff and DocStuff. I am grateful to all of those people in my life that have helped us to get to where we are today – ready to launch our 1st product to the U.S. market and, within 9 months from that launch, follow with our 2nd product.
I would like to give you some insights as to why I am so passionate about these two products.
In 2007, my mom lost her job. She was 83 and had swept parking lots, cut grass and emptied trash at a mall in Key Largo Florida for as many years as I can remember. After that, she began to show signs of dementia. My mom, father and developmentally disabled brother lived in a home my father built in the 1970’s.
My personal interest in creating these two products was born out of trying to help my family even though they lived 1200 miles away. All three of them have always been strong-willed and in order to help them, I had to honor that independent spirit and do whatever I could to help them live on their own. I could not find any products on the market that would help them find things, remember things, figure things out on their own and keep in contact with family and friends. I also needed something that would keep the wolves away. Whatever system we developed had to be maintenance free and locked-down so NO ONE could solicit money from or access their information.
I am so pleased to say that we have been able to develop those products that I could only dream about in the early 2000’s. My father has since passed away and my mom has to be taken care of 24/7, but my brother lives with us again and he loves his RememberStuff system.
It is my wish that everyone who needs RememberStuff and DocStuff will be able to have one. I am blessed with having incredible people at Eperture who will help make this dream a reality.
The Riester Guys; Patrick (Far Left) Jack (Right Center)
I started with Eperture several years ago while the unit was in testing. My dad, Jack Riester, got me involved early on because he saw a need for the product not only with those suffering from dementia but also saw how this type of product could be used in other fields like education (which is what I have a master’s degree in). His mother suffered from dementia, and he watched her struggle with wanting her own independence. My father had concerns about his mother’s own safety.
My dad fought mantle cell lymphoma for 6 years and ultimately passed away this past August. He fought extremely hard and though he didn’t suffer from dementia he did struggle with his own impendence, and suffered from some memory loss. He was in and out of the hospital numerous times, and had many different doctors helping him in his fight. It could be very confusing for him and my mother trying to relay the information they received from these appointments to the rest of the family. As the disease progressed I attended some of these appointments with them, and I realized just how confusing these could be. There were many different doctors each with their own specialty. During one hospital stay, while meeting with doctor that he hadn’t met with previously, the doctor had asked about his previous hospital stay (a month or so earlier). Both he and my mother struggled to answer the question, but by looking through previous messages my siblings and I had sent to one another I found the answer. My mom and dad had the answer written in their notes (but didn’t have them with them), and the doctors could have found the answer by searching back through their records, but if there were a product like DocStuff they could’ve quickly answered the doctors question. DocStuff stores your medical records and information making them easy to access.
My dad fought for his own independence, but as the disease progressed and he became more restricted, making this hard to balance. He suffered from some memory loss, from his medications, and days began to run together for him. He enjoyed his daily visits from family and friends, and always had his iPad by his side to dictate emails. A product like RememberStuff would have been a great benefit to him so that he could send not only text messages but also video and see those loved ones that couldn’t be there every day, but he could also use the calendar feature. He would have been able to know what was on his plate for the day. He wouldn’t have had to ask if his physical therapist was coming or when his next doctor’s appointment was. The DailyDo also has an alert system that would have let him know when it was time to take medications, and could have been synced with 3rd party medical devices to monitor his health. My dad also loved puzzles, so I know he would have also used the activity section to stay as sharp as he could.
As I have looked back on his fight I know that a product line like RememberStuff wouldn’t have extended his life, but it would have allowed him to be more independent and made things easier on our family.
This is what has brought me to Eperture and made the RememberStuff products important to me. I hope to help others and look forward to seeing the RememberStuff products empower users.