Alexa, tell me about my blood glucose: Health tech startup Wellpepper wins Alexa Diabetes Challenge
The Sugarpod, winner of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge. The device is a scale and foot scanner that connects to an app and Alexa skill. (Wellpepper Photo)
Type 2 Diabetes has become a health crisis in the U.S. The rate of type 2 diabetes has nearly doubled in the last twenty years and the disease is now among the top ten causes of death.
Sadly, the problem is only going to get worse: The CDC has projected that the rate of type 2 diabetes could triple by 2050 .
The Alexa Diabetes Challenge is hoping to ease that crisis. The program launched in April, and challenged health technology companies to put Amazons Alexa voice assistant to work in helping those with newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes.
Voice is a natural interface in healthcare, both in the clinic and in the home.
Monday, the challenges organizersannounced the winner of the $125,000 grand prize: Seattle-based health software startup Wellpepper , which entered its first-ever device in the competition.
The competition was a collaboration between pharmaceutical giant Merck , strategy consultant Luminary Labs and Amazon Web Services (AWS) , the tech giants cloud service. The 98 competitors received mentoring, cash prizes and AWS credits as they moved through the challenges stages. Wellpepper was one of five finalists.
Known as Sugarpod , the winning device is a connected weight scale and foot scanner that integrates with the Sugarpod app and Alexa skill.
Wellpepper CEO Anne Weiler. (Wellpepper CEO)
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