Jean Anne Booth thought she was sailing into the sunset. She’d spent 30 years working in semiconductors and had sold businesses to Apple and Texas Instruments. But while working for a scuba diving outfit off the coast of Florida, an idea burrowed into her head and wouldn’t leave. In the end, it was her own mother who pulled her back to shore and into business.
Booth observed her elderly mother, and saw the vulnerability that old age can bring. She noted that traditional medical alert systems are both ugly and socially stigmatizing, so many people avoid getting much-needed medical alert systems. As a result, many don’t receive the care they need at critical moments.
Faced with this challenge, Booth set out on a mission to create a smartwatch that can give vulnerable populations greater independence. Her company, UnaliWear, has created the Kanega Watch, the only watch with built-in Fall Detection that connects to emergency response agents 24/7/365. Until her mother passed away in late 2018, Booth continued to run every prototype by her mother to make sure her tech made sense in the real world (her mother had the title of “Senior Experience Officer” – both literally and figuratively). That’s why the Kanega Watch is waterproof, voice, button and fall detection activated, and it never needs to be removed to charge (among other key features) – providing real round-the-clock peace of mind for wearers and those that care for them. Booth’s mother loved her Kanega Watch and the stylish, discreet protection it provided her and the growing community of wearers throughout the country.