In June iPhone introduced an update that trucks reproductive health and sex ‘timetable’ of a person but that does not provide the proper tools for women who wish to conceive. Few tech innovations are focused in women’s reproductive health.
A lady has developed an ear-wearable which is the world’s first in-ear wearable thermometer that measures Basal Body Temperature, providing the data necessary for women trying to conceive. The wearable was innovated by Vanessa XI and has already raised nearly $30,000 on Kickstarter, with 211 backers pledging their financial support to bring YONO to market.
The other wearable health device that was innovated for the inner ear is a tiny thermometer enclosed in silicone that “provides a highly accurate measurement of a woman’s basal body temperature.” The company said. “Because the temperature is taken in the closed and controlled environment of the ear canal, the sensor captures the most accurate data without being affected by the ambient temperature.” Based on the data YONO collects, the wearable is able to then relay predictions regarding a woman’s ovulation timing and provide advice about hormonal health.
YONO’s founder explained that her motivation for developing the tiny wearable. “When I was trying to get pregnant a couple of years ago, my OB/GYN asked me to measure basal body temperature.” These temperature readings were necessary to determine when Xi was ovulating. Finding the process both frustrating and tiring, Xi turned to her friends to ask for advice, only to learn that many of them faced the same issue themselves. “It made the stressful process to get pregnant even worse,” Xi said, and as a result, she set out to do something about it. Reports Digital Trends.
Most Silicon Valleys are male dominated making it hard for female techies to get funds for their innovations. XI said,” It was a very difficult process to get the first seed fund. I pitched to many investors, mostly men.” Unfortunately, Xi noted, “they didn’t get the idea.” It wasn’t until she finally pitched an alum of her own alma mater, Stanford, that she struck gold. “After I told him that I was trying to build a device to help women get pregnant, he called his wife during our meeting,” Xi said. “He asked his wife, ‘Do you know about this basal body temperature thing? Is it helpful in getting pregnant?’”
“I was measuring BBT for our second baby for 6 months, don’t you remember?’ Then the alum decided to invest in YONO immediately.” XI added.
XI is hopeful that her product will be instrumental in helping women get pregnant. “YONO wants to empower women with solid data,” Xi said. After all, when it comes to your body, “You know with YONO.”