Japanese company Triple W who developed DFree, the world’s first connected wearable device to track bladder movement, announced it is now taking pre-orders for the product.
The elderly and the disabled folks will longer have to worry about accidents as the device can predict and notify them about the right time to go to the bathroom.
A CDC report has shown that more than 50% of elderly adults in the United States struggle with incontinence. The condition occurs when muscles controlling the bladder are too weak or too active. Other causes of incontinence include prostate problems and nerve damage.
“Our goal is to help millions of people suffering from incontinence so that they can continue to live actively without worrying about having accidents,” said Atsushi Nakanishi, President and CEO for Triple W.
Here’s how it works
A sensor attached to the lower abdomen with medical tape, uses ultrasound to monitor the change of the bladder size to predict the timing of urination. The prediction relies on the unique algorithm. The notification is then sent to a smartphone or tablet informing the patient or the caregiver when it is necessary to go to the bathroom.
This portable device can be worn all day indoors or outdoors to monitor your bladder activities. Using Bluetooth, the device can communicate directly with a compatible smartphone or tablet. The smartphone or the tablet running DFree application displays current status of the bladder and also provides a notification to let you know that you need to go to the bathroom soon. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store (Android app will be released in September 2018).
The device is specifically designed for senior citizens, children (6 and older), and people with disability that feel insecure about overly active bladder or have difficulty sensing when they need to go to the bathroom.
It will also help healthcare providers reduce their costs. According to clinical trials, DFree can reduce 30 percent of the care time. There’s no need for nurses to waste their time; it’ll tell them when it is time to take the patient to the restroom. The device allows them to monitor urination remotely by using the DFree app. This also lowers the cost by diaper usage by 45 percent.
Priced at $499.99, DFree will be available to customers in the U.S. The company is now accepting pre-orders through their site with a 10% discount. Shipment will start in mid-August.
About Triple W
Tokyo, Japan-based Triple W was founded by Atsushi Nakanishi in 2015. It has offices in Tokyo, Paris and San Diego as well. The company develops DFree, the world’s first connected wearable device that tracks the progression of bladder movements using a non-invasive ultrasonic sensor.