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UnaliWear Featured in Built in Austin: 21 Austin healthtech startups you should know

UnaliWear was featured in Built in Austin in the “21 Austin Health Tech Startups You Should Know” article.  You can read the full article here: http://www.builtinaustin.com/blog/austin-healthtech-startups-to-know. The intersection of health and technology is a challenging and rewarding place to start a business. In Austin, it’s a busy intersection indeed. Intrepid healthtech startups have been among the city’s most high-profile innovators and most successful fundraisers, leveraging world-class learning institutions, bustling hospitals, and a highly collaborative tech circuit. Here is what they said about UnaliWear: What they do: UnaliWear’s main product is the Kanega Watch, a component of a larger personal emergency response system. The watch is voice-controlled, nearly indestructible, and remarkably stylish for a product of its sort — it looks like a regular watch, just a little bit cooler. How it’s changing healthtech: This company applies its knowledge of the buzzing AI and wearables fields to help vulnerable users live and thrive with independence and dignity. The world is taking notice — UnaliWear is already one of Austin’s biggest fundraisers this year. Founded: 2014 Funding: $3.4M   Here is the list of the other 20 companies featured: SocialCare by Health Symmetric ESO Athlete Builder Conceivable eRelevance DaVincian RxWiki Chiron Health Hospitalists Now Aunt Bertha Athenahealth Afoundria Pristine Cariloop ePatientFinder NarrativeDx EverlyWell Visible Lumeris Patient IO You can read the full article here:...

Jean Anne Booth Mentioned in Home Health Technology Today Study: Mobile health apps show promise but need work

SAN 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...

Five Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Pitching Your Startup

If you can’t explain your startup to a child, you may not have better luck pitching to investors. If you can’t explain your business model to kids, then you’re not ready for prime time in front of investors. That’s the idea behind Pitch-a-Kid, a new Austin, Texas-based organization that puts kids in the judge’s seat as they analyze adult entrepreneurs’ pitches and choose the strongest pitch of the bunch. Kids learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while local entrepreneurs get an unfiltered assessment of where their pitch falls short and what parts might be confusing. “Kids at the elementary school age are very honest and are comfortable asking questions about things they don’t understand,” says Mike Millard, who started Pitch-A-Kid earlier this year with his daughter Audrey, who’s currently in fourth grade. “For the entrepreneurs it really pushes them to use simple, straightforward, and understandable language.” At Pitch-a-Kid’s second pitch session on July 30 at Austin’s Capital Factory, there were five judges and a judge coordinator ranging in age from fourth to twelfth grade. Millard’s daughter acted as an alternate judge and microphone runner. Stakes weren’t that high for the six presenters because there is no cash prize for winning. However, each had only five minutes to present their plan before the judges started asking challenging questions including: How much money do you make? How do customers find you? How old were you when you started your business? and, Why do you do this? Presenters also had to field questions from the audience. Photos: courtesy of Pitch-a-Kid 1. TELL STORIES. The judges awarded top honors to Zuby Onwuta’s pitch for...

Jean Anne Booth: Redefining the Meaning of Time – Featured from On the Dot Woman

Jean Anne Booth was featured and listen to the complete audio clip here at the On The Dot Woman Website. It’s a great day to be a woman! Melinda Garvey here as your voice, with the mission to give women everywhere a place to be heard and tell their stories. We’d love to hear from you! FIRST THOUGHT: Independence and Dignity at Any Age When I think about what I was like even five years ago, I cringe. I thought I knew it all. Now, I better understand the word “wisdom.” As we age, we are bound to learn a lot and endure really brutal experiences that shape our mindsets. (FYI: There’s more to being an adult than briefcases and power suits.) Today, talk to that colleague or acquaintance who’s older than you. You might just learn a lot. WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 35 Million Dementia is a term used to describe the mental decline that is severe enough to interfere with everyday life, such as memory loss. Did you know dementia affects nearly 35 million people worldwide, and there are 7.7 million new cases every year? Two mental-health professors who have long studied dementia note that keeping the brain active is a key component in fighting mental decline, and that men who marry intelligent women can reduce their chance of dementia. So, gentlemen, get out there and converse with some smart ladies. It’s likely to keep your mental wheels turning. WOMAN TO WATCH: Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear Y’all, I’m super excited to tell you about one of the most groundbreaking entrepreneurs of our time and the winner...

5 stylish safety devices that reclaim independence – REPOST From Mashable

This article was originally published as “5 stylish safety devices that reclaim independence” on Mashable on April 2, 2016 “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” You might remember this phrase from the dramatic and poorly produced medical alert infomercials targeted towards the elderly in the 1980s and ’90s. While the statement lives on in pop culture history, the device itself won’t be remembered for its fashion-forward aesthetic. The bulky beige remote control hung from customers’ necks by a cheesy ball chain necklace — a look any stylish client would hesitate to wear. Thankfully, the wearable tech market has come a long way since then. As safety continues to be a concern for women, children, senior citizens, people of different abilities, and those at risk, many are longing for stylish and discrete gadgets to help keep them safe. Below are five sleek safety alert wearables even the most fashionable accessory connoisseurs would love. … Accessory lovers without smartphones can stay connected, too. The Kanega watch, which some compare to a personal On-Star system, bypasses both Bluetooth and apps, sending users directly to a LifeAssist operator. The product is activated through voice commands instead of buttons or sensors. Users speak to the device like they would to Apple’s Siri, addressing it by a specific name the wearer designates. The watch promises to send medication reminders as well as dosage instructions. If clients forget how to find their way home when taking a walk, no problem. Kanega will provide turn-by-turn directions. After a successful Kickstarter campaign the company expects to begin shipping the Kanega to customers this summer. … Read Full...


As chief innovation officer for AARP, the advocacy group for older adults, Terry Bradwell feels duty bound to try all the high- tech stuff marketed to seniors these days. So, at 54, he’s an enthusiastic early adopter of the smart home. His Florida home is outfitted with cameras outside and all manner of sensors and connected devices inside. When he’s traveling, he can use an app on his phone to see what the front door camera sees. If someone rings the bell, he can answer it, with his voice seeming to come from inside. The same AT&T system controls the home’s heating and cooling systems, raises and lowers the window shades, and is capable of detecting a flood. Bradwell’s lawn is smart too: it knows when it needs to sprinkle itself. And that’s just the big stuff. Bradwell also has a sensor on his keys that beeps when he searches for it on his phone. He has Amazon’s Echo, a voice-controlled internet hub and speaker that can do everything from play music to order an Uber ride or a pizza. And he’s tested Sen.se Mother, a set of motion sensors you can put on your pill containers or water bottles (to track their use) — or even in a willing spouse’s pocket (so you get a text when she walks in the door). Right now, Bradwell admits that a lot of this technology is more complicated to set up and use than many older adults might like. But make no mistake, he and other experts say: if your dream is to age in place — to stay safe, healthy, secure,...

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Aging In Place Technology Watch

Described as a “Wearable OnStar for Seniors,” their Kanega smart watch performs the usual functions of a timepiece —including a face that shows time, date and reminders in text large enough to read without glasses, with voice recognition that responds to a name the owner gives it, enabling voice-initiated requests for GPS directions.”

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Smithsonian: A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded Unbreakable shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patterns

Thank you Smithsonian for mentioning our UnaliWear Kanega Watch Kickstarter Campaign and read more about UnaliWear Kanega Watch Kickstarter Campaign here:  UnaliWear Kanega Watches for Seniors: Wearable OnStar (Goal: $100,000 Raised: $110,154 on Kickstarter) UnaliWear watches are for senior citizens who would like extra support in case of emergencies, but scorn the stigma of “I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up!” medical alarms. Activated through voice control, the watches respond when a wearer has a question or emergency—contacting LifeAssist, offering reminders on medication and providing directions home. While not exactly fashionable, the accessory is getting sleeker with each model. Jean Anne Booth, an Austin entrepreneur who sold her previous two ventures to Apple and Texas Instruments, developed the product to help take care of her aging mother and aunt. Read more:... read more

Austin MedTech Showcased at SXSW

Booth successfully raised $800,000 from angel investors and she has exceeded her $100,000 goal on a Kickstarter campaign with six days left to go. So far, she has raised $104,000. She plans to deliver the Kickstarter devices early next year and have her watch on the consumer market by next summer. The watches cost $299 for an activation fee and $35 to $80 a month for monitoring services.

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Come see UnaliWear’s CEO, Jean Anne Booth, as she appears in the sessions “Venture Funding Hits a  Lull, Now What?” and Women’s Health Panel SXSW on “Women Revolutionizing Digital Health.”

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