According to the CDC, more than half of Americans over the age of 65 are suffering from incontinence, yet there are few options available for managing the condition. 'Brightly' is a new form of wearable technology that is intended to serve as a practical alternative to adult diapers or incontinence surgery.
Brightly is a belt-like device that is embedded with non-invasive biosensors that can monitor the expansion and contraction of the bladder. Because the bladder is essentially a large balloon of conductive tissue, it is one of the easiest organs for technology to monitor externally. As the bladder expands, Brightly uses Bluetooth technology to send a discrete signal to the wearer's smartphone to let them know when it is time to relieve themselves.
While the technology is not the most glamorous product on the market, the wearable device is crucial for giving a sense of dignity and independence back to those suffering from incontinence.