The start of 2019 has seen some impressive innovations in medical technology, including DFree, the first health tech wearable device for urinary incontinence that monitors how full the user’s bladder is and notifies the wearer when it’s time to go to the bathroom.
How It Works
DFree is a non-invasive sensor that uses ultrasound technology to monitor your bladder. The sensor needs to be placed about 0.5” above the pubis bone to detect the bladder. The data is collected from the sensor in an easy to use smart device app that predicts when you will need to go to the bathroom.
Once your bladder is full, the app will send a notification to your phone or tablet letting you know. You can set the notification threshold yourself to as much time as you would like so that you have plenty of time to go.
Effect on the Incontinence Market
This innovative medical device can be life-changing for those who struggle with incontinence, but it is, unfortunately, a little pricey. Customers interested in trying this product can buy it for $500 or rent it out for $40 a month.
Despite its importance, it doesn't seem that this invention will threaten the incontinence market or sale of under pads anytime soon. It will take a long time before this product becomes more affordable, accessible or used by the general public, and even then under pads may still be used as fail-safe protection.