Focus groups have named our Kanega watch a wearable “OnStar for People” because we provide discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and a guard against wandering in a classically-styled watch featuring an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons.
Thanks to our patent-pending battery system in the band, you never have to take your watch off to charge – and unlike Apple watch or Samsung Gear, we don’t require a smart phone (because it’s built in). We combine cellular, Wi-Fi, GPS, BLE (for hearing aids and telemedicine devices), an accelerometer for automatic fall detection, and continuous speech to provide an active medical alert that works anywhere, along with data-driven artificial intelligence that learns the wearer’s lifestyle (think “NEST for people”) to provide predictive, pre-emptive support.
Our naming derives from Cherokee: “Unalii” is “friend”, and “Kanega” is “speak”, so we are the friend that speaks to you.
OnStar is a registered trademark of OnStar, LLC. UnaliWear has no affiliation with OnStar.
Jean Anne Booth
CEO & Founder
A serial entrepreneur, Jean Anne started UnaliWear after selling previous startups to Texas Instruments and Apple.
Jean Anne was the founder of Luminary Micro, the creators of the Stellaris microcontroller platform and the first to market with ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontroller solutions. Luminary Micro was purchased by Texas Instruments in May 2009, and was one of the top VC-backed M&As of 2009. Jean Anne retired from TI in 2012 after serving as the general manager for TI’s Stellaris family of products.
Jean Anne was also a founder at Intrinsity, the creators of the graphics chip in Apple iPad products. Intrinsity sold to Apple in 2010.
Jean Anne holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MSCE from National Technical University.
Co-founder & SMTS
Brian Kircher has over 25 years of experience creating comprehensive software platforms and providing technical leadership to software teams.
As an early member of Luminary Micro, Brian was the driving force behind the creation of the StellarisWare software suite and was a key member of the architecture team that defined the Stellaris microcontroller platform. After Texas Instruments acquired Luminary Micro in 2009, Brian shared with TI’s microcontroller and microprocessor teams the StellarisWare philosophy of enabling customer success through easy-to-use software. Earlier in his career, Brian worked at Cirrus Logic and IBM.
Brian holds a BS in mathematics and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
VP Finance and Operations
Delena Spencer is VP Finance & Operations at UnaliWear, Inc. She has worked with UnaliWear since it was founded in 2013, including creating the very first company financial plan. She joined the company full-time in early 2017.
Prior to UnaliWear, Delena worked at Freescale Semiconductor as VP Finance in the Supply Chain Organization where she was responsible for over $2 billion of spend for Freescale’s manufacturing, procurement, logistics and facilities organizations. During her tenure, she drove 100-bps/quarter company gross margin improvements by leading the company’s gross margin initiative.
Ms. Spencer also spent 17 years at Texas Instruments (TI) in increasingly responsible global financial management positions. Her last role at TI was VP Finance and Operations for TI’s largest analog business, where she drove both top-line revenue growth and margin improvement, achieving 40% operating margin for the first time in business history. During her time at TI she demonstrated leadership in multi-billion dollar P&L management, Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis, M&A Project Management and Integration, Supply Chain Operations and Financial Compliance.
Delena has also held roles in business management consulting and financial recruiting. She has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, an MS in Economics from University of Texas, Dallas, and a BS in Finance from Indiana University.
Director of Engineering
With over 40 patents, Sajjad Ahmed is an engineering leader with passion for innovation and the discipline to execute. After more than 14 years architecting and delivering engineering echo systems, Sajjad understands the dynamics of multidisciplinary engineering and challenges of mass production.
Early in his career, Sajjad worked for Motorola where he worked on key innovative projects and drove process optimizations that resulted in yield improvements of products across the portfolio. He holds a green belt in 6 Sigma methodologies from Motorola. While at Dell, Sajjad spearheaded strategic improvements in Enterprise Server Group products that generated opportunities for disruptive innovation and growth in the business, culminating in the industry’s first IoT-based solution for enterprise server management.
Sajjad holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University.
When Can I Get a Kanega Watch?
UnaliWear’s Kanega watch is in early production with limited availability.