Jan
06

Learn more about the new Veta Smart Case for your EpiPen that connects with you through an app on your smart phone.

What I’m about to share with you is a game changer for the world of food allergies. Seriously.

If you or your child or partner carries an EpiPen for severe allergies, ask yourself if you have you ever:

  • left home without your emergency medications and not realize it until you’re far away?
  • worried that your medication got too hot or too cold when you accidentally left it in your car?
  • had anxiety about your child at school or daycare and want to make sure you are alerted immediately if they have a reaction?
  • tried to remember when the medication expires, but it’s at another location and you can’t check it?

I can answer yes to all of these questions and know that many of you can, too. A new product was announced today to the world that will help individuals and families with all of these concerns and more by using “smart” technology. They’ve created a new smart case for your EpiPen which can communicate with your smart phone (both iPhone and Droid) using Bluetooth technology. I’ve had the pleasure of talking with the team who is developing this innovative product and have been excitedly waiting to help them spread the news to the allergy and anaphylaxis community.

It is called the Veta Smart Case and it was announced today by the company Aterica at the big annual tech event called the Consumer Electronics Show (aka CES).

Watch this short video to learn more about Veta:

Veta Smart Case has a host of helpful features, including:

  • Find Me: A flashing light and audio pings help you locate a misplaced Veta smart case. Veta app remembers the last known location of your device so you can find your smart case in your house or even across the city.
  • Proximity Alert: Wireless signals between your smart case and mobile device monitor when Veta smart case is left behind. Once you get too far away from the smart case, Veta triggers a notification on your mobile device and to your private support network.
  • Temperature Sensors: Temperature sensors help you monitor your auto-injector so that the epinephrine doesn’t become too hot or too cold.
  • Emergency Notification of Private and Public Support Networks: If you are having a reaction and pull the cap on your Veta smart case to access your EpiPen®, an alert will be sent immediately to everyone in your private support network. Optionally, this alert will also be sent to people in the extended community support network that are close to you. Information about your location is shared with your networks so they can come to your aid directly and contact emergency services.
  • Confirming Your Safety: If you pull the cap on your Veta smart case, in addition to sending a alert to your network, it will also check back with you in several minutes to make sure you are still okay.  If you are not able to respond, it will provide a loud verbal warning to bystanders in your vicinity to alert them of the medical emergency.
  • Emergency Standby Button: You can press and hold the emergency standby button while assessing your situation during a (potential) anaphylactic event. If you decide you are safe, you can deactivate the alert and verbal notification by pressing the button three times, without notifying anyone in your private support network. Or, in the event you are no longer able to hold the button, Veta triggers a red alert to your private Veta support network and activates a local verbal alert.

Amazing, right? I’m so excited about Veta and am looking forward to trying it out as soon as I can. We will all need to be patient, however, because they won’t be ready until the fall of 2015. In the meantime, you can pre-order the Veta Smart Case for $59 through this form online. 

I can imagine using the Veta app every single day for peace of mind and helping my daughter to be responsible and confident in self-carrying her medications. What do you think, would a smart case like this help your family?

Learn more about the Veta Smart Case on the Aterica web site. Feel free to share this post with others using the sharing tools below.

 

Please note: I am not affiliated with Aterica and was not compensated for this post. Product features, photo and video provided by Aterica as part of their press kit.

You can find more of my food allergy posts, tips & recipes on my Food Allergy page. I’d also love to connect with you on my Marketing Mama facebook page and twitter. This post, and all posts on this blog, are written from my experiences as a parent of a child with food allergies. I am not a medical expert and encourage you to consult with a doctor on your personal medical situation.

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14 Responses to “New product :: Veta Smart Case for EpiPens”

 
  1. Caroline says:

    Wickedly Brilliant! I’m going to share this on my blog today…stay tuned! Bravo Marketing Mama for sharing this fabulous find!

    • Missy says:

      I agree Caroline, so excited! I was lucky enough to be the blogger with the “exclusive” for the launch, but I know they would love as many people spreading the news as possible!

  2. This is technology at its best! I love when people are clever enough to think of fabulous applications of technology. I personally really love the temperature sensors. I am always concerned about this and err on the side of caution. I would buy it for that alone! I also think the “confirming your safety feature” will be life-saving.
    In addition to the alert, it would be great if the device gave instructions on how to administer the EpiPen if the person is unconscious or incapable (similar to Auvi-Q and AEDs).
    Is there a plan to create a case that is compatible with the Auvi-Q?

    • Missy says:

      Hi Gina, I know from the web site that they will have some videos and educational information on the app that people can learn from. Here’s what the company said about having 2 cases: Aterica understands and promotes people always carrying at least two auto-injectors. While twin Veta smartcases are not available right now, please understand that the Veta system and app supports a network of multiple smart case-housed EpiPens(r), thus allowing you and your support network to track multiple EpiPens(r) simultaneously. To help you with this, we offer significant discounts on pre-orders of multiple Veta smart cases.

  3. Amber Borst says:

    Amazingly cool. Will it also be available to fit an AuviQ injector?

    • Missy says:

      Hi Amber! I asked the same question and heard that it’s something they are hoping to do eventually but right now are starting with EpiPen.

  4. Amy says:

    this device is awesome and I want one for my son but it only has room for 1 injector. All people with allergies are supposed to carry two. Does anyone know how to get this feedback to the company?

  5. Tia says:

    The technology is so exciting. Love innovation-driven health products and respect the minds behind them!! The emergency notification & temp sensors is so needed. I’d imagine the use and product will evolve with consumer feedback. Like 2 epi-pens and for Auvi-Q. Thx for sharing.

  6. Wow, this looks like an amazing product. I’m so thankful for innovations like that that will hopefully help to keep our children safe!

  7. Amy Recob says:

    Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention, Missy! Sounds amazing!! I would love to know more about the ability to track multiple Epipens as well. My daughter carries one, but so do I and in the summer we double-up and have her nanny carry one too. What a fabulous product with HUGE POTENTIAL!! Very excited to pre-order mine.

    • Missy says:

      Hi Amy!!! Here’s what they told me about two epi pens: Aterica understands and promotes people always carrying at least two auto-injectors. While twin Veta smartcases are not available right now, please understand that the Veta system and app supports a network of multiple smart case-housed EpiPens(r), thus allowing you and your support network to track multiple EpiPens(r) simultaneously. To help you with this, we offer significant discounts on pre-orders of multiple Veta smart cases.

  8. Libby says:

    Looks great, but I’m a little concerned that it looks like it only holds one epi, when two need to be available. Still, very exciting!

    • Missy says:

      Hi Libby – here’s what the company told me about holding two Epis: “Aterica understands and promotes people always carrying at least two auto-injectors. While twin Veta smartcases are not available right now, please understand that the Veta system and app supports a network of multiple smart case-housed EpiPens(r), thus allowing you and your support network to track multiple EpiPens(r) simultaneously. To help you with this, we offer significant discounts on pre-orders of multiple Veta smart cases.”

 

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