This year Siren will be at CES2018 showcasing Siren Diabetic Socks and Neurofabric. Here at Siren, we have developed a novel way to embed electronics directly inside of fabric to create Neurofabrics that are machine-washable and -dryable, don’t need to be charged, and can be mass-produced on standard weaving machines. Our first product is Siren Diabetic Socks.
Siren Diabetic Socks
Siren Diabetic Socks are designed to help people with diabetes and neuropathy prevent foot ulcers and amputations.
For many people with diabetes, they lose the ability to feel pain. When this happens they don’t notice an injury like a nick or cut on their foot. When injuries go unnoticed they can become infected, gangrene, and require amputations.
Siren Diabetic Socks can find injuries like this in real time. We do this by continuously monitoring temperature. When your body is injured, your body fights the injury with inflammation. When a part of the foot is inflamed, there is an increase in temperature. We find that temperature increase with our socks, and let you know via the Siren app or our Concierge Service.
Why Does This Matter?
There are 415m diabetics worldwide, and growing to over 600 million in 20 years.
70-90% of diabetics have nerve damage and 40% have lost all ability to feel pain in their feet, so a small injury can go unnoticed, become infected, gangrene, ulcer and ultimately an amputation.
85% of amputations are preceded by a diabetic foot ulcer.
After a lower leg amputation, 50% will lose the other leg within 2 years.
80% dies within 5 years after a lower leg amputation, which is more deadly than most forms of cancer.
Foot ulcers and amputations cost over $17bn/year in the US alone and are more expensive than any form of cancer.
How to Find Siren at CES
This year Siren will be at Eureka Park! To find us, simply go to Tech West, Sands Expo, Hall G, Level 1. We'll be at Booth 50007. We can't wait to see you and meet you at CES 2018.
When you stop by you'll be able to see interactive demos, ask questions, and meet our team!
This holiday season we had a chance to get together with the managers of our clinical trial, users of our socks, our team, and some of our supporters.
We got to catch up with the users of Siren Diabetic Socks and hear about their personal stories of dealing with diabetes and neuropathy. We heard many concerns about their health and care and wanted to share them with you. Some of the things we learned were:
You can have neuropathy and not notice the symptoms
If you notice a wound on your foot call the doctor immediately
Foot ulcers can take years to heal
You must wear socks and protect your feet every day
You may have painful neuropathy now, but over time you will stop feeling your feet
See a podiatrist regularly that has experience with diabetes and neuropathy
The key thing that we learned here was that many people with diabetes and neuropathy didn't know that foot ulcers could impact them. So, we're working to continue to educate on diabetes and neuropathy. We'd love to hear what type of educational materials and information you'd like to see from us, so please let us know in the comments below.
From all of us here at Siren we want to wish you a happy holiday. We can't wait to share with you all of the exciting things that we're working on and put Siren Diabetic Socks in the hands of more people.
Temperature monitoring, the technology that we use in Siren Diabetic Socks, is clinically proven to prevent upwards of 87% of foot ulcers and amputations. We're working to change people's lives! Please let us know how we can spread our message or what other information you would like - we're here for you!
Every year the AADE holds a conference for diabetes educators, health care professionals, and innovators in the field of diabetes care and management. At this year’s AADE conference held in Indianapolis, we had the chance to meet with companies geared at improving health outcomes for individuals with diabetes. Today, we’re highlighting those companies and organizations at AADE17 with incredible technology and design.
Hardware Battlefield – Siren Care Wins TechCrunch Award at CES 2017
January 20, 2017
We are very excited to announce that Siren Care won TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2017! We showed a LIVE DEMO on stage of the Siren Smart Socks at CES in Las Vegas! The competition was fierce. But we were able to convince the judges during the main pitch event and in the finals.
Thank You TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield Team!
We want to thank the whole TechCrunch team who did an awesome job. Neesha Tambe fearlessly handled a sleepless bunch of startup founders. Anthony Ha smoothly moderated the whole event. Matt Burns, who also was one of the judges in the finals. And Matthew Lynley for a great write-up! And last but not least, Sam O’Keefe, who gave invaluable advice to sharpen our live demo!
The 4th edition of TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield at the CES saw a push in health & wellness products. Let's take a look at the other finalists.
Bloomlife Bloomlife makes a smart pregnancy tracker, which helps take the guesswork out of pregnancy.
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Smartypans Smartypan make a smart pan to improve nutrition and overall health. You can also track your own recipes.
Shape Scale Shape Scale is creating a personal body scanner to help you track workouts and visualize progress. Keeps you motivated!
Munro Munro's booth was next to ours. Munro creates and produces a super-lightweight E-Motorcycle, styled after iconic Indian motorbikes.
We exhibited at Eureka park. Eureka Park represents the best, most innovative and sometimes weirdest sample of hardware startups in the world.
Phonotonic Phonotonic changes the way we listen to live music with a funky looking polygonal device that turns movement into music in real time.
Rohan Dixit from Lief Therapeutics makes a smart biosensing patch for stress relief. It measures your heart and breath and improves your body’s natural stress response through gentle, safe biofeedback exercises.
Arthur Health (500 Startups Batch 18!)
We met up with our fellow 500 Startups Batch 18 batchmate Arthur Health. Arthur Health makes a connected pharmacy with a smart pill bottle. The pill bottle includes and app and software for caregivers to simplify and improve medication management.
Hardware Club - Community of Hardware Startups
We are a proud member of the Hardware Club Community. They had some awesome companies at their sleek booths. Tobias Eichenwald from Senic was showing off beautifully designed smart home controls.
Ryan Shearman from Fusar stopped by our booth to say ‘Hi’. Fusar stands for the fusion of technology and adventure. They make your favorite technologies accessible by creating connected mobility products that can accompany you wherever and whenever you need them!
Eureka park was buzzing and lively. The many startups attracted a lot of attention away from big players, just a floor above. Companies such as Fitbit, Under Armour, Honeywell, Philips and others had amazing booths, but missed the buzz of Eureka Park.
While the startup world has some really exciting and innovative as well as questionable products to present and is ever growing, many big brands seem to simply iterate on ongoing trends in tech, communications and design instead of bringing ground breaking innovations. Interestingly enough, older brands like NVIDIA are showing their capabilities more than ever for example as a pioneer in the development of autonomous driving. (Copy Right: Nvidia Blog)
Nevertheless, Sony, Panasonic, Volkswagen or Toyota among others showed their ambitions to make a push innovation with their own lab projects and company internal incubators as well as a high trend and technology awareness. Volkswagen picked up a collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa and is planning to make it your personal assistant through intelligent voice command. Sony presented a series of projects that their experimental labs are working on like the next generation of AR devices which focuses on voice & audio rather than putting holograms between us and the world.
Toyota Concept-I “Yui”
Toyota envisions the future of mobility with cars that can not just drive autonomously, but that will get to know us as a person and uses collected data to assist us in practical as well as emotional ways.
We were excited to be part of the Wild on Wounds Conference 2016 in Las Vegas. It took place from Aug. 3rd to Sept. 1st and attracted more than 1,257 healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their knowledge in the skin and wound management.
Thank you to everyone that came out to meet us at our booth! And it was also really great to run into Kevin from Tissue Analytics again. We really love how Kevin and his team are revolutionizing wound care objectively and automatically measuring chronic wounds, burns, and skin conditions with their HIPAA-compliant iOS and Android apps.
Highlights from Wild on Wounds 2016
One of the key highlights from WOW 2016 was the inspiring presentation by WCEI co-founder Nancy Morgan on “Treating Chronic Wounds – Diabetes”. Nancy stressed the importance of keeping A1C under control. When A1C is over 7 and not tightly controlled, people living with diabetes can be at risk of diabetic foot ulcers due to the combination of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Neuropathy or nerve damage can result in loss of protective pain sensation. PAD is a decrease in circulation which impedes wound healing. Together, this combination makes a person living with diabetes unable to heal and unable to feel, and therefore the key is finding injuries as soon as they occur and before they escalate to ulcers.
Nancy presented that the only proven way to detect injuries in advance is through temperature monitoring (see below).
Nancy talked about a number of devices that can help monitor your foot’s temperature, but unfortunately, most of these devices are fairly unintuitive to use and come at a high cost. Some cost more than $700! Therefore, we are looking forward to bringing to market our Siren Smart Socks, which detect temperature and injuries in real time, to help people living with diabetes have an affordable and easy-to-use tool to keep their mobility.
Networking at the WOW Pool Party
The networking event after the conference was a great opportunity for all attendees to connect and enjoy the best that Vegas has to offer! We chatted to a bunch of RNs from all over the country. Even had a chance to meet some…Showgirls and Chippendales. ????
Healing Wounds With Maggot Debridement Therapy
Friday, September 2nd – Ran and Marc had the chance to participate in Ron Sherman´s maggot therapy – a super practical hands on session where they learned how maggots can help clean wounds from dead tissue and thus speed up the healing process of deep wounds significantly. We even got to apply live maggot dressings to mock wounds.Ronald A. Sherman, MD, MSc, DTM&H co-founded Monarch Labs where he serves as the Laboratory´s Director to meet the increasing demand for maggots and uphold the high production standards.
Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers.
Following Nancy Morgan´s talk on Treating Chronic Wounds in Diabetes, David M. Hardin, a General Surgery Specialist, gave an impressive presentation encompassing everything you need to know on diabetic neuropathy and DFUs. He shared shocking numbers where he stated that out of 25% of people with diabetes who develop foot ulcers, over 25% will not heal. Out of those 25% result in amputations. That might sound like a small number but it means that worldwide every 20 seconds a limb is lost to diabetes.
“Save a foot and you can save a life”
But there are ways to prevent these ulcers from happening in the first place – regular foot checks are crucial to detect any injuries or sores ahead of time. David also mentions that proper foot care, like trimming nails, is very important as well as regular checks on the patient’s neuropathy. They usually encompass checking your muscle strength and tone, tendon reflexes and sensitivity to touch, temperature and vibration. To learn how to how Siren Temperature Sensing Socks can help you find injuries on your foot click here.
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Introducing Siren Smart Socks at Health 2.0 Launch!
September 30, 2016
Managing diabetes can be both overwhelming and challenging for many people. So, today, we're highlighting some of our favorite companies who are working to make care management easier. These companies are going above and beyond standard care to provide innovative solutions for people with diabetes.
One Drop Chrome is a sleek glucose monitoring system that is seamlessly connected to your life. The device itself is elegant, easy-to-use, and incredibly accurate. But, it's design features aren't the only thing that makes it amazing. One Drop has developed a holistic solution that includes personalized coaching and test-strips delivered straight to your door. The One Drop solution is designed to help you reach your goals, better understand your health, and live your best life. We love the support that One Drop provides to their users, and think that platform is incredible!
PlateJoy recently announced new meal plans for people who have diabetes or are considered pre-diabetic. When you sign up you take a brief quiz and then receive a personalized meal plan with recipes and tips. In addition, a number of insurance plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield will cover the system. We love that you get customized meal plans with grocery lists, along with advice from a nutritional coach.
Lemonaid Health makes it easy for you to see a doctor the same day, and get your A1C levels checked. You can talk to a doctor from the comfort of your own home for as low as $25. Then, if you need a prescription simply get it from your local pharmacy. You can also use their platform to get an A1C at a lab test near you. Check their website to see if they're available in your state!
MedAngel ONE is a companion for your medications. The device helps you keep your medications at the right temperature. The sensor is placed with the medications, and it continuously measures the temperature and communicates with your phone. The App alerts you when the temperature approaches or exceeds the safe range for your medications. It's just that simple!
Siren Diabetic Socks
Siren Diabetic Socks go beyond standard diabetic socks you might see in the store. The socks use a technology called temperature monitoring to continuously monitor the health of your feet. Apart from being seamless, non-binding, and moisture-wicking, the socks help protect you against deadly complications like foot ulcers and amputations.
Siren Care Exhibits at American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference AADE2016
September 6, 2016
American Association of Diabetes Educators
From August 12 to August 15 we drove down to San Diego to attend the annual American Association of Diabetes Educators Conference. AADE brings together the diabetes educators and the diabetes community that play a crucial role in the lives of the many people living with diabetes.
The conference was really FANtastic and we met some really great people! Dr. Chih-Yuan Wang and Christine Pei Ti Hsu, from the Taiwanese Association of Diabetes Educators, stopped by our booth to check out our temperature sensing Siren Smart Socks first hand 🙂
Preventable consequences of diabetic foot ulcers
We also got a surprise visit from Ellen from Health Edco. We really appreciate Health Edco for creating these realistic foot models which help convey the devastating yet preventable consequences of diabetic foot ulcers. Neuropathy impacts people of all ages and walks of life. Getting a yearly foot exam by a doctor is recommended by the ADA and this exam could help detect sensation loss which can lead to more serious foot complications. So please remember to check your feet and remember prevention is key.
There were many great education sessions at AADE. We gained insight from the FDA talk about design control.
We really enjoyed the One Drop presentation about their elegantly designed app and monitor and were chatting with Rachel and Jeff at the One Drop booth. One Drop is a diabetes management platform that harnesses the power of mobile computing and data science to empower people living with diabetes to live healthier lives.
We popped by the MySugr booth and met up with the one and only Scott Johnson! We got to see the latest developments in tech and design. MySugr is a diabetes management company that aims to make life with diabetes easier.
During the conference, we were also especially inspired by the great community and support provided by the Diabetes Hands Foundation. We really enjoyed chatting with Mariana, Michael, and Cynthia and learning more about TuDiabetes.
A special thanks to our wonderful neighbors Nightscout, who help people set up their own DIY systems to manage Type 1 diabetes. #WeAreNotWaiting
We, unfortunately, missed Dr. Steven Edelman at the Taking Control of Your Diabetes booth, but we did the next best thing and got an amazing picture with Dr. Edelman’s cardboard cutout! Thanks for the props guys!
Healio, dLife, Leapcure
We also stopped by the Healio booth and chatted with Kathy Huntley to learn more about Endocrine today…we even took home a few extra copies for for our drive back to SF (shhhh…don’t tell her we took so many :x) You can find the latest version of Endocrine Today online.
It was wonderful to meet up with dLife, who among other things, publish very insightful videos on dLifeTV; a great source of learning for our team! We highly recommend these videos for anyone who wants to learn more about life with diabetes.
A huge THANK YOU to all the amazing people we met at AADE16 for making this conference an unforgettable experience! We are jumping for joy and we hope to see everyone next year in Indianapolis for AADE17! ????