DFree, a wearable device for incontinence that helps users predict toilet timing and prevent accidents, has launched in the United States. Triple W, its manufacturer, will showcase the product at the upcoming Medtrade, October 16-17.

“DFree is designed to help individuals with incontinence improve quality of life and enable independence, as well as help reduce the burden for the caregivers,” says Atsushi Nakanishi, president and CEO of Triple W, headquartered in San Diego.

“Whether you want to attend a concert, enjoy an afternoon with your grandkids or help a senior parent or loved one who needs extra time to travel from one place to another—you don’t have to worry about finding a bathroom on time.”

Built to be lightweight and portable, the DFree device is clipped on a user’s belt or clothing while the non-invasive ultrasound sensor is secured to the lower abdomen with medical tape. The sensor uses ultrasound technology to monitor the change in bladder size and predicts urination timing using a patented algorithm.

DFree then sends a notification via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet via the DFree app—informing the individual or caregiver when it’s time to go to the bathroom. The user sets the threshold of when they want to be notified, such as when their bladder is 65%, 70%, or 85% full, according to a news release from the company.

[Source: Triple W]