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Thank you Austin Business Journal for mentioning UnaliWear in Austin wearables startup secures more funding; inks production deal in ChinaThank you Austin Business Journal (ABJ) for mentioning UnaliWear in “Austin wearables startup secures more funding; inks production deal in China”. When Austin venture capitalist Sara Brand wrapped up her $4.7 million capital raise in August for her debut investment fund, she knew instinctively she would reach out to Jean Anne Booth. A couple of phone calls and meetings later, Brand, founder of Austin’s True Wealth Ventures, has just made her firm’s first $500,000 investment in Booth’s three-year-old Austin startup, UnaliWear, which has created the Kanega smart watch aimed at senior citizens who still live independently or people of any age with physical limitations. The full article is available here here: http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/profiles-strategies/2016/10/austin-these-two-women-think-its-time-for-a-smart.html Also, we would like to thank Sara Brand with True Wealth Ventures for helping UnaliWear extend dignity to seniors.... read more
Jean Anne Booth Mentioned in Home Health Technology Today Study: Mobile health apps show promise but need workSAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Mobile health apps might not be helping those who really need them, according to a recent study from the University of California San Francisco. The study was conducted with 26 patients at The Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center who were diagnosed with diabetes or depression, or who serve as caregivers for elderly patients. Researchers tested some of the highest-rated mobile apps that have been created to help individuals manage their medical concerns. Three themes emerged: lack of confidence with technology, frustration with design features and navigation, and interest in having technology to support their self-management. Those results are not surprising, said Jean Anne Booth, CEO and founder of UnaliWear, maker of the soon-to-be-launched Kanega watch. “There’s a big difference between usability and desire to use,” Booth said. “Your average app developer won’t be able to put himself in the shoes of the user unless he spends a lot of time talking to those users.” Participants in the study were given condition-specific tasks, such as entering a blood glucose value into a diabetes app. Data entry required significant effort for all of the apps tested, and participants struggled with that task. For 51 of 101 tasks, participants were unable to complete data entry without assistance. They had more trouble when it came to retrieving data from the apps, completing only 43% of those tasks across all 11 apps without assistance. The study found that none of the apps tested appeared to have simple interfaces with large buttons and easy-to-follow instructions and navigation, which would make them more appealing to... read more
So You Have a Million-Dolla Idea. Now What? Experts Reveal How To Navigate Austin’S Booming Startup SceneJean Anne reveals how to navigate Austin’s Startup Scene as CEO of UnaliWear and Kanega Watch in this case study featured in Austin Monthly. Case Studies The Product: Kanega Watch The founder: Jean Anne Booth The idea: A medical alert device that older adults will actually want to use. Biggest challenge: “Getting funding, both for a physical product—it’s more expensive than an app—and a product for the aging demographic,” says Booth. Wise words: “To succeed as an entrepreneur, you must be able to listen to feedback that isn’t aligned with what you want,” says Booth, “while staying tenacious about where you want to go.” The Kanega Watch exists because Jean Anne Booth was worried about her mom. Joan Hall had just turned 80 and life couldn’t be better. A former semi-pro model, she kept a busy social calendar while living on her own in San Antonio. But there were things that concerned her daughter, like when Hall took her pulmonary medicine incorrectly. Booth tackled the situation with the pragmatism characteristic of her background as an engineer and CEO. “I knew Mom was getting a little frail, so I researched the options,” she says. But when she showed Hall a spreadsheet of alert devices, “She looked at me with her teeth clenched and said, ‘Don’t get that for me. I’m not wearing it.’” Booth couldn’t blame her. From big red “HELP” buttons to clunky plastic bracelets, medical alert devices for the elderly are embarrassing, inconvenient and ugly. Since Booth is a serial entrepreneur who has been a founder or leading member of three startups, two of which sold to Texas Instruments and Apple,... read more
TechRadar Features the UnaliWear Kanega Watch: 5 ways wearables will transform the lives of the elderly It’s not all about Apple Watches – wearable tech is bringing radical changeThank you Tech Radar for Mentioning our UnaliWear Kanega Watch. The following is an excerpt from the original article: Most of us think of wearables in terms of smartwatches and fitness trackers, gadgets that can help us be fitter and more efficient. But for some people, they’re far more important than that – these wearables are the difference between dependency and freedom. They might not hit the headlines as often as the shiny new wrist jewellery from Apple and Samsung, but wearables for older people are fast becoming an essential way to keep them safe, healthy and happy. It’s early days yet, but already we’re seeing some impressive technological innovation to improve the lives of those later in life – and the even better news is they’ll be easy enough for even the most averse of technophobes to use safely and happily. Everyone wants their loved ones to be safe, and in the case of older relatives and friends, the risks are more worrying, especially if you live a distance away. Wearables can help keep these people safe by connecting them to relatives or the emergency services in the event of an accident – even if they’re unable to call for help themselves. The Kickstarter-funded KanegaWatch from UnaliWear – available for sale later this year – can detect falls and long periods of non-movement and raise the alarm. Working through voice control and without the need for a connected smartphone, the watch notices if the wearer has been immobile for a while and asks if they’re OK. If there’s no response, the device can contact designated people or the... read more
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