We are at CES 2017

We will be at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas 5-8 January 2017 to show off our plans and the oversize prototype of the vital signs monitor we are bringing to industrial markets in 2017. Whilst our immediate research and development focus is medical uses in extreme environments we look forward to offering the same world-class technology to sports people and folks in assisted living in a couple of years. CES is our opportunity to show and discuss with the public what we are developing right now for medical, space and industrial applications and chat about what they would like to do with it. Please come and see us in Eureka Park on level 1 Hall G at Sands Expo.

We’re honoured to be amongst the top-10 companies short-listed in the 2017 Extreme Tech Challenge and will be presenting our plans on Saturday 7 January at their showcase at the Venetian at 2pm.

The oversized ‘works-like’ prototype of the Canaria vital signs monitor

Thanks to pioneering computational architect Manuel Jiminez Garcia for our prototype’s beautiful case.

We met Major Tim Peake

“I wish I had one aboard the ISS”
-Major Tim Peake

We met Major Tim Peake at the 12th Appleton Space Conference and had a fascinating conversation with him about changes in the human body during prolonged missions in space and the feasibility of travel back to the moon and then to Mars. He talked about how lots of physiological measurements are taken on space-walks and during specific medical experiments on astronauts’ bodies but that apart from that, in their normal routine, they only get a check-up from the on-board medic about once a week. Monitoring 24×7 on-board and just as importantly during training before the mission and recovery after the mission (similar to the way elite sports teams measure everything) would allow us to learn more, faster about how long-term space flight to other planets can be achieved by humans.

Find out more about Health Data Research from the International Space Station

ESA Astronaut Major Tim Peake with Canaria’s Alex Moss and other delegates after giving the 12th Appleton Space Conference Lecture “Principia: A Journey of a Lifetime”

The Idea

Canaria was created as part of the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge. The two major problems we wanted to solve were to find a more comfortable solution for astronauts to continually log vital medical data without impeding their experiment work, and to tackle the issue of CO2 pocket build ups within spacecrafts.

The Canaria system was inspired by the current limitations of wearable space technologies. Cumbersome clothing not only has the problem of interfering with daily movements, but is also susceptible to solar radiation when microchips are incorporated into fabrics. When researching the lives of astronauts, it became clear that there was one area of the body that had been ignored by designers: that imperceptibly small space behind the concha of the ear and the neck.

During the fast-paced ergonomics design process, one of the team had a full-blown panic about the loss of one of the key prototypes; only to realise that they had been wearing it for the previous 6 hours underneath their headphones. A testament to the non-intrusive wearability of the product and the advantage of anchoring technologies to this part of the body.

Canaria ultimately won the Global NASA Space Apps Challenge, winning the title of “Best Use of Hardware 2016” with our pitch below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UUBIyJmGhw

Since then we’ve worked to develop Canaria further and now have US and PCT patent-pending status on our technology and have found a range of use cases on Earth where we can make an impact. We’re excited about Canaria’s ability to prevent accidents in the mining and haulage industries and its ability to improve healthcare and make hospitals more efficient for everyone.