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Shimmer Announces Partnership with XPRIZE Foundation


Shimmer recently joined forces with XPRIZE, partnering on their Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE and Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competitions. 

Speaking following the announcement of the partnership, William Lyons, Chief Marketing Officer at Shimmer said ‘We are delighted to be a partner for the XPRIZE and XCHALLENGE competitions. Wearable computing and wireless sensing technologies have the potential to transform healthcare as we know it, creating unprecedented level and access to personal digital health information. This facilitates a new level of insight, and enables individuals to take control of their personal health and wellness.’

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Commenting on Shimmer’s alignment with the goals of the competitions, Lyons continued ‘The breakthroughs these competitions are trying to address such as sensing capabilities, size, reliability, and engagement are challenges Shimmer addresses on a continuous basis as a leader in wearable wireless sensing. The XPRIZE competition brings a spotlight to using this technology to improve health outcomes, and engages some of the brightest innovators from around the world, something that our team here at Shimmer are passionate about.’

The Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE is a $2.25 million global competition to accelerate the availability of hardware sensors and software sensing technology that individuals use to access, understand, and improve their health and well-being. Innovation in sensing is an important component to creating a means for appealing, usable, smarter digital health solutions.

Readings from sensors can be used in many facets of health: to track the spread of disease, monitor our exposure to environmental factors, assess our mental state, and give us a complete picture of our state of being. Continuous monitoring through sensing can provide real-time readings as they happen and give us ongoing insight instead of just single point-in-time measurement.

Leading edge companies, startups and incubator labs are on the forefront of creating and building these new, innovative sensing technologies. What is needed is a pathway and compelling impetus to launch these discoveries into the realm of actual availability for all.

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a $10 million global competition to stimulate innovation and integration of precision diagnostic technologies, making reliable health diagnoses available directly to "health consumers" in their homes. Integrated diagnostic technology, once available on a consumer mobile device that is easy to use, will allow individuals to incorporate health knowledge and decision-making into their daily lives.

It was envisioned that this hand-held consumer device would allow individuals to access the state of their own health anytime, anywhere, and potentially revolutionize how people could interact with the healthcare system.

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To read more about the prizes, please see the links below.

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