BEAM TECH NAMED FINALIST IN 2012 CTIA E-TECH AWARDS

Posted April 21st, 2012.
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Beam Brush Recognized for Innovation in Mobile Health Applications 

Louisville, KY 4/19/2012 – Beam Technologies was named a finalist in the Mobile Health Applications category of CTIA’s annual Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards competition. The CTIA E-Tech Awardshonor the most innovative new products in 15 categories spanning the areas of mobile apps, consumer electronics, enterprise and infrastructure. Winners, including Best in Show and Best Online Pick, will be announced on Wednesday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. CDT by Jon Fortt, technology correspondent for CNBC on the Exhibit Innovations Stage at International CTIA WIRELESS, taking place May 8–10, 2012 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

We are honored to be named a finalist!

Hundreds of entries were judged by a panel of recognized industry experts, media and analysts and scored on innovation, functionality, technological importance, implementation and overall “wow” factor.  Beam Technologies is a digital health start-up focused on innovations in oral care, namely the Beam Brush.  The Beam Brush is the first toothbrush wirelessly connected to an associated smartphone app.

Between now and May 8, website visitors may vote for the “Best Online Pick” at www.ctiashow.com/awards. International CTIA WIRELESS show attendees will vote onsite via text message for entries in the E-Tech Awards showcase in Booth 4575 at the Emerging Technology Zone to win “Best in Show.”

For more information on the E-Tech Awards, visit www.ctiashows.com/awards.

For additional details and a comprehensive look at the CTIA conference program, visit: www.ctiawireless.com. Members of the media may pre-register for full access to all show events at: www.ctiashows.com/pressreg.

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CTIA Shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. International CTIA WIRELESS® takes place May 8-10, 2012 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La. CTIA ENTERPRISE & APPLICATIONS™ takes place Oct. 9-11, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, Calif. Visit www.ctiashows.com.

About CTIA
CTIA–The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry’s voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry’s leading wireless tradeshows. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C.

 

About Beam Technologies:

Beam Technologies is a leader in oral care digital health. Beam develops “daily touch” health technology with the recognition that oral health is a key component to overall health. Founded in 2012 and based in Louisville, KY, Beam believes healthcare should be a connected and personal experience.

Media Contacts:

Alex Frommeyer

Beam Technologies

fro@beamtoothbrush.com

(859) 445-3248

 

Amy Storey
CTIA–The Wireless Association
Office: (202) 736-3207
E-mail: astorey@ctia.org

 

Traci Hoch
Waggener Edstrom for CTIA Shows
Mobile: (631) 942-7549
E-mail: thoch@waggeneredstrom.com

 

Your (not-so-distant) Future Bathroom

Posted April 6th, 2012.
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Smart Brushers,

For all those who are already actively aware of or participating in the mobile health movement (I hesitate to call it a revolution quite yet, but it certainly will be at some point in the near future), you know that certain key health indicators are the focus of a variety of technologies.  Activity monitoring is hot, as evidenced by Jawbone’s UP and Nike’s Fuelband.  Vital sign monitoring as well, with the Basis Band (which I am personally really excited about) and others.  Glucose monitoring also warrants attention for wireless health technology.

However, about a year ago I made what I thought to be two interesting observations about what is NOT being pursued outwardly at 50,000 feet in mhealth.  First, oral care and dentistry did not even have a dog in the fight.  With oral care being so driven by consistent attention and care by the individual as opposed to the practitioner, it was curious to me that the best I could find anywhere was a whisper about dental’s place at the broader wireless health table.  Think about it, you brush your teeth every day to keep your teeth healthy, but unless you have a chronic condition, you may do very little on a daily basis for the rest of your health.  This indicates that oral care is at least valuable to the average person as a daily hygiene habit.  My second observation was that no one appeared to be really attacking the bathroom as a whole.  Here was this physicial space in everyone’s home filled with products that in some way focus on health and wellness.  Even better, a morning and evening routine exists for most people that finds said person in this physical space.  This is a fairly valuable commodity to me, as the other places you can consistently find a person (office, classroom, car) do not contain all of these health related influences.

Albeit on a slightly different schedule, we all take our cars to get the oil changed.  A mechanic is going to go through a something-point inspection, run diagnostics, perform general maintenance updates, rotate the tires, blah blah.  Yet why wasn’t anyone seeing this opportunity to do the same thing once or twice a day in the bathroom?

With these two broad ideas in mind, the Beam Brush helps to bring oral care into the digital health world, which I think is very important at a number of levels.  Beyond that, it is also a step toward the “connected bathroom” where your daily routine is about to become high tech.  Bluetooth scales are already available, and I saw a great feature this week from the NY Times on their really cool mirror for content consumption that has a health edge to it.  As more infrastructure is built around these concepts, it will become critical to tie these systems together in a useful manner, and that is the elephant in the tub.

Have a great weekend!

Fro