Excerpt from Boulder County Business Report By Doug Storum February 24, 2012:
BOULDER – Boulderite Charles Anderson of HiPass Design Ltd. is one step closer to bringing his invention to market after winning The Epilepsy Therapy Project’s Shark Tank competition for his smartphone-based movement detector, a life-saving seizure alarm.
Anderson’s invention was inspired from a personal concern that he was unable to detect his son’s seizures at night. Anderson first devised a computer system that analyzed images from an infrared camera and detected seizure movements with few false alarms.
The prototype system, which incorporates an iPhone with camera, sounds an alarm while recording valuable video and audio information.
Judges and audience participants at the 2012 Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference held in San Francisco selected Anderson’s invention as most innovative, and for its near-term benefit for people with epilepsy.
Anderson received a $50,000 grant to support and accelerate the development and commercialization of this seizure alarm, which is expected to be available later in the year.