I created the SAMi app because my wife and I had a very personal need to monitor our son while he was sleeping. The first version was built in 2009 and ran on a laptop computer. Over the years I've refined the design by tweaking the detection algorithm to create a more reliable system. My wife and I quickly became dependent on it; any failures were cause for great anxiety and were quickly addressed.
In early 2011 I realized that this system could be useful for others. Smartphone technology had progressed to the point that it made sense to switch platforms. With the assistance of Frank Vernon, I began to develop the second generation for iOS.
In the fall of 2011 the Epilepsy Therapy Project announced their first annual Shark Tank competition. The Epilepsy Therapy Project (now a part of the Epilepsy Foundation) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures. I entered the competition with what was to become SAMi, and in February 2012 presented the concept to the judges at an exciting, lively event, and won.
We quickly put the prize money to good use, which accelerated the development of SAMi. Within six months we had the first units in people’s hands.
SAMi has made a big difference in our lives, we hope it will do the same for you.