See and Bid on SAMi at the CHF Comedy for Canines Event!

On, May 2, 2014, the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation will hold its annual gala at The Curtis Ballroom located at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, CO. This year, our theme is Comedy for Canines and our headliner for the evening will be Kevin Fitzgerald, best known for his 10 seasons on the popular Animal Planet show, Emergency Vets. Kevin is a great comedian and his passion for making people laugh is surpassed only by his unwavering dedication to all creatures great and small. We feel this is a wonderful match!

We'll be attending and have donated a SAMi kit for auction!


SAMi App Version 1.2.4 Released

SAMi version 1.2.4 is now available from the app store.  This is the ninth update.

Generally we recommend you only update if there is a new feature you need.  However, in this case if you are running version 1.2.2 or 1.2.3 it is important that you update as this version fixes a bug that could cause you to lose recordings. 

We are always looking for suggestions, send your ideas for improvements or bug reports to


Does SAMi have a ghost??

Do you have recordings when no one is there?  Could the SAMi camera belong to the Ghost Busters?  The answer, not surprisingly, is no.  Are you seeing white dots floating across the screen?  What the camera is detecting is actually dust.  The infrared illuminators pick up the reflection off of dust moving in the air.  Windy days increase the chances of dust particles circulating with enough velocity to be noticed.  This was rather a fun challenge for us to figure out.

SAMi iPhone App Update

SAMi 1.2.2 is now available for download in the Apple App Store. Version 1.2.2 includes numerous improvements, many suggested by our users.  We recommend you upgrade today!

  • Old recordings are now deleted to make space for new recordings as needed. SAMi only deletes unlocked recordings. 
  • Increased the range of alarm threshold time to 60 seconds. 
  • Faster autofocus for QR code reader for adding a new camera. 
  • As recordings are copied, SAMi now reports how many are left to be transferred from the camera. 
  • Fixed a problem with playing recordings. Once the end of a recording is reached the next recording is now played, previously it would sometimes skip a recording. 
  • The log file is now automatically limited to 10MB. Oldest entries are deleted as needed. 
  • Alarm threshold indicator was 2x high, for example, if set to 20s, alarm was closer to 10s. Now displays properly. 
  • General performance, UI, and reliability improvements.

SAMi Now Shipping with Command™ Strip Damage-Free Hanging Solution


Great news.  You can now attach your SAMi camera mounting bracket to the wall without drilling holes.  The cameras now ship with 3M's Command™ Strips pre-applied.  Not only is installation made easier but you can easily remove the bracket without damaging your wall.

The Command™ Strips are one time use, so to install the camera in a new location purchase additional Command™ Strips from Amazon here.  You need at 4 new strips for each new mounting.



See SAMi (and us!) at the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado Gala Saturday, March 8 2014


Please join the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado for "Today's Belle Epoque";  a fundraiser to benefit EFCO and the Jason Fleishman Summer Camp.

Event Details:  Saturday March 8 from 6pm at The Brown Palace Hotel, 321 17th St. Denver.

Silent Auction and live auction.  Hosted cocktails, dinner, and dancing.

SAMiAlert founders Cynthia and Charles Anderson will be there.  Bid on your very own SAMi kit.


New SAMi Website

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We can still also accept overseas orders and payment by check through a contact form.

Other changes include:


Call For Entries: Epilepsy Foundation to Hold Third Annual “Shark Tank” Competition


SAMi was made possible by winning the Shark Tank Competition in 2012.  The Epilepsy Foundation and the Epilepsy Therapy Project have just announced their third Shark Tank competition.  I plan on being there, make the trip if you can.  To register for the Epilepsy Pipeline Update Conference 2014 or obtain additional program information, visit

Excerpt below, full press release here.

Landover, MD, January 22, 2014 — The Epilepsy Foundation today announced a call for entries for the third annual epilepsy “Shark Tank” competition and is accepting submissions that represent the most innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent is March 14, 2014. The selected finalists will receive international recognition and compete for grants totaling $200,000 to support the development and commercialization of important new products, technologies or therapeutic concepts.


2012 “Shark Tank” winner Charles Anderson created SAMi, a patent-pending sleep activity monitor used to detect and record abnormal sleep movements, including seizures. During sleep, audio-video information from a remote infrared video camera is sent to an app running on an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPod Touch. When an unusual event is detected, an alarm is sounded, followed by live sound and video from the SAMi network camera. This powerful new tool for caregivers is now available.


JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation adds SAMi


JoshProvides Epilepsy Assistance Foundation has added SAMi to their list of technology vendors. JoshProvides is:

An Epilepsy Program established to:

  1. educate, increase and promote awareness, advocate, support, volunteer, and fundraise regarding epilepsy;
  2. strive to eliminate the negative stigma that is associated with epilepsy; and
  3. provide financial and benevolent assistance for people living with epilepsy and seizure disorders and their families and to the community at large.

SAMi at the 4th Annual Chelsea’s Epilepsy Walk/Run for SUDEP Awareness


See SAMi at the 4th Annual Chelsea’s Epilepsy Walk/Run for SUDEP Awareness and help us raise money for the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation.

Join us on September 22, 2013 for the 4th Annual Chelsea’s Epilepsy Walk/Run for SUDEP Awareness.  Funds raised by this Foundation provide funds for fully-trained seizure-response dogs and movement monitors for those in need. If you can’t walk or run with us, consider registering as a virtual walker to show your support.  Create your own team and raise funds and awareness for The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation.  Amazing rewards for those individuals who do.   Check-in and Walk-up Registration begins at 7:30. Walk/Run begins at 9:00 AM. Entertainment, drawings, food and festivities immediately afterwards.


SAMi to be presented at Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials (AED) XII Conference


HiPass Design LLC announced today that the Company has been selected to present its SAMi Alert Smart Activity Monitor at the Pipeline Session of the Antiepileptic Drug and Device Trials (AED) XII Conference, the premier conference devoted to convening the full spectrum of research, industry and regulatory expertise in the epilepsy field with the objective of accelerating the most promising epilepsy therapies in development.  The three-day AED XII conference will feature clinical and scientific thought leaders addressing antiepileptic drug and medical technology development from preclinical- through late-stage clinical programs.  The conference will take place on May 15-17, 2013 at the Turnberry Isle Miami Hotel, Aventura, Florida.  Charles Anderson will be speaking at 4:05 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 17, 2013.

AED XII is sponsored by the Epilepsy Study Consortium in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy Center and the Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation.  For additional information on the AED XII program and speakers or to register, please visit:




Chelsea’s Caribbean Beach Party

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Chelsea’s Caribbean Beach Party will take place on April 26, 2013. This will be a fun-filled evening with Caribbean dinner buffet, live music, entertainment, auctions – all on a sand floor event center. Tunisia Band of Denver will be performing. Live music will be performed by Tunisia Band, who has performed at both political party conventions in Tampa and Charlotte in 2012. Radio personality, Dan Mitchell, of 99.5 The Mountain Radio Station, is the emcee for the evening. Special guests include Shanna Wilkinson and her seizure-response dog, Holly. Shanna and Holly made National news when they received the National Hero Dog Award in the Service Dog Category in 2012. Gina Restivo, author of Speedy Shines and Fly Danny, Fly will also be attending – that in itself will be worth the price of a ticket. A special performance by Maddie Kae, a beautifully talented local young woman who you will be hearing more from in the years to come – just wait! Click on the link on the home page to register. Casual Attire. You finally have an excuse to wear that spiffy Hawaiian shirt! Flip flops welcome!

A benefit for the Chelsea Hutchison Foundation. Funds raised at this event will provide grants for seizure-response dog, Emfit, SmartWatch, and SAMi Alert monitors for those in need. These life-saving lines of defense provide families with a great deal of comfort and a little more sleep!

I’ll be attending and available to discuss SAMi Alert!


News from Danny Did Foundation


Excerpt from The Danny Did Foundation website under “What’s New February 20, 2012”
Three straight days of fundraisers – a comedy show, live music, and a Zumba workout class – kept us busy to end January. To start February we were glad to focus in our mission of raising awareness and serving families in need with practical resources. We spoke to students at both Niles West and Niles North High School about careers in healthcare, emphasizing the need for a committed next generation of epilepsy advocates and nurses, doctors, researchers and engineers who are aware of SUDEP and its toll. We also spoke to nursing students at Loyola University-Chicago, a key audience when it comes to treating seizures. Danny Did was proud to be a sponsor of the Epilepsy Therapy Project’s 2012 Pipeline Conference in San Francisco, where neurologists, advocates, families, investors, researchers and companies gathered to discuss the latest treatments for seizures. It was an important and inspiring event. While there, we met Charles Anderson, a father from Boulder, CO, who won the “Shark Tank” competition with his submission of an iPhone-based movement detector. As Charles works to bring it to market, we hope the device will become another option among Devices & Technology that people can investigate to compliment medicinal, surgical and dietary resources in treating seizures. Danny Did is committed to assisting Charles and others like him, and to raising awareness about these options among the people and families that can gain from them.


Anderson Honored for Lifesaving Device


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.