This $30 wearable aims to prevent food allergy accidents

AllerGuarder

Families dealing with food allergies have developed strategies to help their loved ones to stay safe. It can be a daunting task, but — like in many other areas — a modern technology can help. That’s where AllerGuarder kicks in with its newly announced mHealth product, which is now up for preorder on crowdfunding website Kickstarter.

The company is offering a Bluetooth-powered wristband and app defense system that sends alerts about a child’s dangerous food allergies. Anyone who has downloaded the app and comes in contact with the child will receive an alert reminding them to be vigilant and aware.

AllerGuarder’s Bluetooth transmitter broadcasts the alert to smartphones and tablets within an approximate 50-foot radius.In the process, the child’s identity is protected from strangers but all others who have been given special Trusted Friend status — i.e. relatives, friends, school staff etc. — will also receive detailed personal and medical information.

“Often times, those closest to the child innocently give him or her dangerous foods simply because they forget,” Avram Weissman, CEO of AllerGuarder, said in a statement. “We hope AllerGuarder helps people avoid these accidents and feel safe when caring for children who have severe allergies. We created AllerGuarder to provide families an effective allergy warning system.”

AllerGuarder’s Bluetooth transmitter broadcasts the alert to smartphones and tablets within an approximate 50-foot radius, creating what the company calls the “virtual safe zone.” Those within this safe zone can view non-specific information about the allergic person, and the select few (designated as Trusted Friends) – also the additional information.

For example, a stranger’s view can be limited to an alert that an unidentified allergic person is nearby, the type of allergies and whether the allergies are triggered by ingestion, touch, or airborne. On the other hand, a Trusted Friend will also see a child’s name and emergency contact information. In addition, AllerGuarder provides a pre-programmed message that parents can easily forward to encourage family members, friends, teachers, coaches, etc. to download the free AllerGuarder app.

AllerGuarder is available for pre-order for $30 on Kickstarter.