Radio New Zealand’s Programme About Canaria

Radio New Zealand dedicated an entire This Way Up programme to Canaria!

Listen to the full show here.

‘From a simple pedometer that measures your step count to sleep monitoring, pulse counting thermometers, like the Fitbit, the Samsung Gear or the Apple Watch, wearables are taking off.

With ever smaller, more powerful and cheaper devices on the market, most wearables today are used for self tracking. But in the future how much will they be used to measure your vital signs and provide detailed medical data about your state of health?

That’s the plan for the Canaria, a device that’s worn behind the ear and looks a bit like the external part of a hearing aid: it can sense and alert the wearer about their state of health. A trial of these devices is about to start in mines in Australian where it will measure for signs of fatigue and send warnings when levels of tiredness reach unsafe levels.

Its potential to measure astronauts’ health in real time in space has also been recognised by NASA.

We speak to Alex Moss, the CEO & head designer of Canaria. ‘

-Broadcast 17th Feb 2018

‘A Start-up with style’ BBC profiles Canaria CEO Alex Moss

‘Meet the model changing the future of space medicine’

Canaria has been getting global recognition for our flagship product’s iconic design. The BBC has profiled Canaria CEO & Head Designer Alex Moss, tracking the artistic and scientific influences that inspired the company.

Placed next to an article profiling seminal fashion legend Yves Saint Laurent, the article has been seen by 1.2 million readers on BBC Culture’s facebook page, and 40k on BBC Culture’s twitter.

Read the full article here.

Advance Queensland Interview with Canaria

Following a successful pitch to an audience of directors of the Queensland Government, Advance Queensland asked to sit down with us to find out more about how we got started, and what the future holds for Canaria.

Advance Queensland is the Queensland Government’s Science and Technology wing dedicated to supporting emerging technologies and the companies who make them.

Read the full article here.

Canaria Featured in Australian Mining

Canaria’s hit the ground running in the Unearthed Accelerator Programme in Brisbane with a mention in Australian Mining, one of the mining industry’s biggest publications!

Read the full article here: https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/unearthed-accelerator-program-kicks-off/

We’re very excited to be working with Unearthed to continue the specialisation of our technology for use in the mining industry to prevent catastrophic fatigue-related accidents.

Canaria Joins the Unearthed Solutions Accelerator Programme

We’re pleased to announce Canaria’s acceptance onto the illustrious Unearthed Solutions Accelerator Programme in Brisbane, Australia.

Unearthed is the world’s best accelerator programme for the mining industry. The 6 month programme offers unique access to the Australian mining industry and has been running for 4 years. Supported by both the mining industry and the Australian government, the accelerator boasts directors including Paul Lucey (CEO or Mine Vision Systems, the fastest growing mining tech company in the world) and mentors with senior positions in BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto, Gold Fields, Fortescue Metals Group and Santos.

All of the mining industry graduates have completed the programme with contracts from major mining companies. Unearthed will allow Canaria unprecedented access into the mining industry, with a route to market within 2017.

Canaria & The Mining Sector

We are developing the first iterations of Canaria’s technology for use in the mining industry to solve three of the biggest causes of accidents: hostile gases, tunnel collapses, and fatigue-related machinery accidents. The problems in the mining industry are a mirror of the problems faced by astronauts aboard the International Space Station, which is what Canaria was originally designed for.

So how do we solve these problems?

Hostile Gas:
Canaria’s Mission Patch can detect almost any surrounding hostile gases, as well as provide the earpiece with wireless power. For the mining industry, this means accurate detection of nearby Methane, Carbon Dioxide, Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Sulfide.

Tunnel Collapses:
Currently the mining industry uses radio communication to report serious tunnel collapses. This means that if someone is knocked unconscious, they cannot communicate that they are in danger. As a result of this, emergency response units are usually dispatched over a day after the accident has occurred. By switching this accident report system to Canaria’s method of a live feed of bio-metrics, we can alert safety managers when our wearer has suffered an accident immediately without relying on them to communicate their status via a walkie talkie or phone.

Fatigue-related Machinery Accidents:
Miners work in extreme conditions which require high levels of vigilance to prevent accidents when using heavy machinery. Unfortunately, falling asleep whilst operating is a common event. Canaria is able not just to report when this is happening, but to give a warning before a worker reaches a critical point of exhaustion. Canaria’s AI Bio-Predictor system utilises the bio-metric data gathered by the earpiece to train machine learning algorithms that predict medical events. In the case of mining, this means establishing the metrics for a wearer reaching a critical level of fatigue. Using a simple traffic light system, Canaria puts out an alert to both supervisor and wearer when an accident is highly likely to occur, thereby allowing the wearer stop working before they cause a devastating accident.

 

Team Canaria is grabbing our sunscreen and heading out to Unearthed this July – Dec. Our development team will still be based at our Innovation Centre in Guildford, meaning that we’ll be working as a 24hr/day company during this period.

If you would like to find out more about Canaria, grab a beer with us in Brisbane, or are interested in investing, please email our CEO Alex: alex@canaria.co.uk

Find more information about Unearthed Solutions here.

Canaria: A Moment of Wonder

On Saturday the University of Surrey held its Festival of Wonder to celebrate the University’s 50th Anniversary.

Over 50 years the University has grown substantially from its roots as Battersea Polytechnic and activities started by University staff and students have impacted the world in meaningful ways. For its anniversary Surrey identified 50 iconic “moments of wonder” from its history. These selected “moments” include Sir Martin Sweeting, who led a revolution in satellite design; Sir Alec Issigonis, who created Britain’s most iconic car—the Mini; Professor Johnjoe McFadden, who helped revolutionise testing for Meningitis; and Canaria.

To be listed alongside such iconic names is a privilege and an indication of the potential that Canaria has to change lives for the better.

Canaria were invited to take part in the Festival and had the opportunity to showcase our technology to the over 9000 festival attendees through our stand in the Enterprise Zone. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to hear your excitement about Canaria and its potential. It was fantastic to hear so many anecdotes of ways that you thought Canaria could change your lives and to hear so many positive reviews of the comfort of our solution when you tried it on for yourself.

We were pretty excited to meet you on Saturday

We want to make sure that Canaria makes the biggest difference it can when we finally release it into the world and that means that there’s still a bit of a way to go until we reach market. (Sorry to everyone on Saturday who wanted to buy one on the spot!) However we’re definitely keen to keep you updated on our journey, so follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or signup to our Newsletter below to become part of Team Canaria and join us on our mission to make everyone healthier 🙂

 

 



Canaria Seed Funding Round 2017 Open

We are pleased to announce the official beginning of Canaria’s Seed Funding Round this month.

The Funding round will last from May-July and raise £470k ($609k) for 3 key hires and to complete our full-sized prototype.

 

So what does the immediate future hold for Canaria?

We are completing the development for our vital signs monitoring system. It has 3 core elements:

-the earpiece which can now measure respiratory rate, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, temperature, and head position

-the mission patch which detects ambient hazardous gases and supplies wireless power to the earpiece

-our AI bio-predictor system which utilizes data points gathered from the earpiece to ascertain trends in the wearer’s vigilance levels

 

 

We are going to market in the mining industry in 2018, which is the most direct application of our use case in space.

Every year mining companies lose hundreds of millions of dollars from closures caused by vigilance-related accidents. On top of this, reports of deaths cause large mining companies share value to plummet. This means that large mining companies suffer the most when accidents occur. With the Canaria, these accidents become completely preventable thanks to our unique traffic light system which works upon live feeds of individual bio markers of the miner. Not only can we alert health and safety managers when an accident such as a tunnel cave in or gas leak occurs, we can predict when a worker is about to reach a critical level of vigilance when fatigue related accidents are most likely to happen.

 

 

 

If you are interested in investing, or would like to find out more about what we’re doing here at Canaria, please drop our CEO Alex a line to request our investor deck:

alex@canaria.co.uk

Canaria Wins Extreme Tech Challenge Title ‘Top 10 Tech Start-Ups 2017’

Robots, Cyber-Security, 3-D Printing, and MedTech: Canaria joins Richard Branson’s Top 10 Tech Start-Ups of 2017.

 

2017 has started with a bang here at Canaria Ltd.

We were thrilled to initially be selected as one of the top 25 tech start ups by the prestigious Extreme Tech Challenge, and waited with bated breath in the sullen London winter to find out what our fate would be. We were winding down for the festive season, reluctantly slowing our product R & D with a mixed emotion of relief in anticipation of a week or so off to make merry with our loved ones when we heard the news. An email arrived just at the end of the afternoon when the short murky day had already turned to a chilly night outside the Institute of Engineering and Technology: we had made it into the Extreme Tech Challenge Top 10 and would be jetting off to Las Vegas on the 5th January as part of CES to pitch to the judges. Forget winding down for the holidays; snapping into full-throttle beast mode was the new call to order. It was time to roll up our sleeves, put an endless supply of coffee on heat, accept that sleep was not a thing that was going to happen anytime soon, and get to work.

So what exactly is the Extreme Tech Challenge, and why did it warrant us going into such a furious state of work over the holidays?
Although the Extreme Tech Challenge has only been going for a few years, it’s one of the most high-tier, and certainly the largest, tech start-up competitions in the world. Set up by Richard Branson and MaiTai Global, it emerged organically from the kite surfing community of tech entrepreneurs whose collective passion for discovery and for nurturing new talent led them to form a platform for the most exciting tech start-ups from around the world to present their ideas on a global stage, with the top 10 being welcomed into their network of super high achievers in business and sports. Richard Branson is the anchoring judge, and hosts the finals on his own Necker Island. Media exposure is vast: Wired, Forbes, The Verge, and a plethora of tech industry publications cover the contest. Getting into the top 10 means that you’re no longer a little fish: you’re now viewed as fledgling global player with all the traction and support that accolade brings.

 

So, of course, our prototypes and business had to match all the expectations that the XTC badge demands. Efforts were doubled to get our works-like-prototype to get heart rate readings, finish our initial dummy smartphone app, design an oversized prototype container, nail down any lighter use cases, print all the flyers we’d need at CES, and rehearse and rehearse and rehearse our pitch. As an added bonus, because it was Christmas, most of this had to be done with the team dashing between different countries.

The run-up to XTC went by in a flash. We managed to get internationally reputed computational architect Manuel Jimenez Garcia (one of the Bartlett School of Architecture’s most cutting edge and esteemed teachers) to collaborate with us on the design for our oversized prototype. The dummy app was made, we were able to showcase our low energy bluetooth data transfer capabilities, and earpiece casings were updated to withstand our CEO running between events for 3 days without having to take them off as well as withstand passers-by fiddling aggressively with them at our stand.

Initial designs for our oversized prototype display casing with Manual Jiminez Garcia.

Our luminous final oversized prototype casing.

Frankly, it was a miracle our slightly-bomb-sized oversized prototype managed to get through US customs.

CES draws 200,000 tech industry insiders to Las Vegas in January every year. Attendees range from enthusiasts, to journalists, to CEOs of major companies such as IBM, companies showcasing their new tech, investors of all levels, and everyone in between. It’s the tech industry’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa, and Vaisakha all rolled into one. It’s the only place in the world you can get bottle service at a raving club with Lil’ Jon playing in the background whilst chatting to MIT professors and doctors at 3am.

CES is flooded with industry figureheads and enthralled crowds every January in Las Vegas.

 

CES itself this year saw a shift from last year’s major trend in IoT to trends in automated vehicles and AI. This places Canaria in a good position within the zeitgeist as our technology is primarily IoT but AI will become a critical part of our pattern analysis in the biometrics our hardware provides in order to provide our users with accurate warnings about their physiological state.

Extreme Tech Challenge events took place throughout the 3 day window of madness that made its home within the sprawling Mojave desert. The alien backdrop of the looming, arid striped mountains which stoically surround the city of sin on all sides seemed all too fitting for an event fixated with jump-starting man’s evolution into the unknown frontiers of technology. A perfect analogy for our ability to invent our way out of the most hostile environments, and not just survive, but somehow to flourish in the most inhospitable territories. Appropriately, we dined, drank, danced, and explored with the other 9 XTC companies in the run-up to the big pitching event. Waxing lyrical with the talented individuals behind Audicus, Cloudwear, Emerge, Filament, Intezer, Mobile ODT, ReDeTec, Cresilon, and VantageRobotics proved that we were truly in excellent company with other businesses dedicated to changing the way we’ll all be living our lives over the next few years.

Finally, the day of the pitch itself was upon us. After setting up our stand and chatting to the press and judges about what we’re working on, a quick sound check was all that separated us from the pitch.

Our stand at the semi-finals.

The XTC 10 each embarked upon a rallying explanation of their projects, ambitions, and motivations. Concerns ranged from consumer-related robotics, to ways to save the environment in the era of 3d printing, to changing the way mankind is able to treat traumatic blood-loss in and out of the hospital. It was an honour to be the only company without investment sharing the stage with companies who had raised $15million. The recognition of the value of what we’re working on would have, in itself, been more than enough to be the reason for the trip. However, the experience to mingle and grow with the other semi-finalists, coupled with the excellent feedback from the judges, really brought it to the next level. In the blink of an eye, our pitch was over and it was time to announce the finalists.

Our CEO Alex Moss getting ready to pitch inside the Ventian Hotel’s Bellini Ballroom.

The well-deserved finalists consisting of Cresilon, ReDeTec, and VantageRobotics took to the stage one last time amongst a near deafening wave of hoots and applause. A weary yet contented lull set in to fill the short space before the after party, during which we received our invitation to attend the finals at Necker Island to cheer on our golden comrades and meet the rest of the MaiTai family.

The winners are announced.

As they say, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but you’re welcome to try and coax our CEO into telling you what happened over the next 24 hours before returning to London. Although the visit was brief, the XTC experience and the allies we made there will stay with us for a very long time.

 

Canaria would like to give a special thank you to Bill Tai for the support he gave us during XTC and his continued advice afterwards. 

Unfortunately, due to pre-existing commitments, Canaria was not able to attend the XTC finals on Necker Island.