Triple W Japan Co., Ltd., an innovator of wearable healthcare devices, launches the DFree, the first-ever wearable device for incontinence that tells users when they need to pee.
DFree, which stands for "diaper-free", is specially designed for the elderly and people who need to manage a loss of bladder control. The U.S. National Institutes of Health reported that about 500 million people around the world are affected by urinary incontinence.
DFree Features, Specs
DFree weighs about 2.5 ounces or about 70.8 grams while the connected wireless ultrasound sensor weighs more than half an ounce and measures 2 x 1 x 5 inches. The wearable device notifies the user's phone or tablet when the bladder is nearly full and it is time to go to the bathroom. The user can set a threshold, say 70 percent full, to get notified that they already need to use the toilet.
DFree is bundled with a USB cable for charging. It has a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be fully charged in four hours. A single charge can last for 24 hours on average.
DFree comes with a free companion app that may be downloaded via the App Store and Google Play. However, the app is only compatible with iOS devices, such as iPhones or iPads, running iOS 10 or later and Android phones or tablets running Android 4.4 or later.
By the looks of it, Triple W's DFree system makes a more convenient and practical choice over disposable diapers, pads, or medications.
DFree Rental Program
DFree is available now in the U.S. market, although, it comes with a hefty price tag of $500. However, instead of an outright purchase, customers can opt to rent the device for $40 a month from Triple W's website, Amazon, and authorized retailers with a minimum rental term of one month.
"With the DFree rental program, you can try before you buy," said Atsushi Nakanishi, the president and CEO for Triple W. "Customers now have the choice to rent or buy DFree pending their preference. We want to make it easy for those who need support for incontinence to experience the benefits of DFree."
The rental is inclusive of one DFree device, charger and charging cable, medical tape, and an ultrasound gel.