Technology in a bottle, woven into your life, hanging in the air and playing music

Startups these days, they either make you conscious of your health and fitness level or create new technology that can help you be more productive or creative.

The Hardwired NYC meetup last December 9 featured Josh Stein, founder and CEO of AdhereTech and his smart pill bottle; Fred Chanay, co-founder and CPO of OMsignal, producer of apparel that continuously tracks your biometrics; Mike Winn, co-Founder and CEO of DroneDeploy, a drone management platform; and Jordan Rudess, keyboardist, and head of Music Experience at ROLI (reinventing musical instruments, beginning with the Seaboard Grand). 

Stein of Adhere Tech wants to make sure you’re taking your medication on time, if at all, with a smart pill bottle that can send customized reminders on your mobile phone.

Touted as the first adherence tool developed with the non-adherent patient in mind, it also captures real-time data for better understanding of patients with their privacy, security and safety as top priorities.

“If you’re a research or pharmaceutical company, you know what your patient is doing – in real time. We also collect reasons for non-adherence,” he said. Pharmaceutical companies reportedly pay them monthly for full service per user.

Stein was in two other meetups this year, but at the Hardwired meetup, he showed us how much he has made so much progress with his breakthrough patented bottle. Next year, he said AdhereTech will launch a Gen 2 bottle with the actual shape of a pill bottle (and same battery as a mobile phone) to adhere to industry standards.

Of the Gen 2 bottle’s design, “They (investors) want us to not make people ask what it is,” Stein said. It just has to have the size of a normal pill bottle.

For easy and fast adoption, AdhereTech has also made the pill bottle more flexible and customizable with tailored messaging to patients and caregivers, be easy to use in a high-tech (text messages) and low-tech (phone calls) manner and have automated refill sensor in the bottle. The bottle, used by patients since last year, is free for patients.

In designing the bottle, he tapped Intelligence Product Solutions and for the making the entire bottle work, he recommended Tomorrow Lab.

For those looking into creating their own product, he has one piece of advice. “Don’t let regulations scare you.”

What if we told that it’s possible to track your activity, heart and breathing with a shirt?

Chanay presented OMSignal next as technology that is literally woven into our lives. You don’t need to strap on any gadget, the technology is built right into the shirt. It envisions this bio-sensing technology in garments, so it can help us lead a better life.

“This is the next generation of wearable technology. Smart clothing will become the norm, part of everyday life,” he said. The textile is described as having “conductive yarns” with “additive integration” and “smarts in fiber.”  The latter is said to have sensor integration/sensing yarns, “but is far from turnkey.”

Chanay admits to doing four things -- e-textile, software, hardware and algorithms. It works with a Little Black Box that takes data from the shirt and wirelessly sends it to a corresponding Apple iPhone app.

OMSignal is a branded platform that serves consumers through partnerships with leading lifestyle brands and manufacturers. It partnered with Ralph Lauren at the US Open recently.

Two other presenters were Drone Deploy and Roli.

Winn talked about Drone Deploy, a 4G powered drone control product that makes commercial customers control drones online. This provides an easy solution for farmers, contractors and surveyors while also generating instant data.

Being a web app, it works on computers, tablets and other mobile devices.

The presentation that brought the house down was Roli. with keyboardist Rudess demonstrating how Roli’s musical instrument, Seaboard can channel Hendrix at will. It can pretty much play anything with its continuous-touch keyboard.

It lets you bend music to your most desired effect and allows you to play any musical instrument with it, as Rudess demonstrated. We had to pick our jaws on the floor.