219 Design has deep knowledge and experience developing production-ready smart devices. When Allergy Amulet needed help productizing the core technology - 219 Design was a perfect choice. This collaborative effort has resulted in an accurate, affordable, wearable, detection device that significantly improves the standard of care for those managing food allergies.
Food allergies are a rapidly growing epidemic with no cure in sight. Even trace amounts of a food allergen can be fatal. Allergy Amulet has developed the world’s smallest and fastest first-of-its-kind consumer food allergen sensor by pairing molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) technology with an electrochemical system to detect target allergenic ingredients. In seconds, users will be able to detect the presence or absence of the top eight most common food allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, eggs, milk, and soy), as well as gluten and sesame. Its sleek and portable design makes its proprietary sensor technology easy to bring everywhere you go on a keychain, necklace, or wristband.
“219 Design’s electronic and firmware experts packed our tiny wearable allergen sensor full of functionality. They worked seamlessly with two other firms to bring our vision to life, and we are thrilled with the results.”Abigail Barnes, Co-Founder & CEO, Allergy Amulet
Allergy Amulet wanted a high level of functionality in a small and beautiful package. The project requirements provided an opportunity for 219 Design to work closely with two other partners to identify different ways to leverage potentiostat technology, miniaturize the design, and find the right balance of technical functionality and usability requirements. The result is a beautiful, portable, connected, affordable, and easy-to-use device that can be worn or carried in a pocket or pack.
The 219 Design team focused on solving challenges around miniaturization, wearable battery power, and Bluetooth connectivity. We developed the electronics and firmware that make up the Amulet portion of their detection system. The reader houses the electrochemical system, as well as an OLED display for simple user interaction and clear result readout. The reader is fully functional as a standalone device and further includes Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity, enabling enhanced user interaction and firmware updates when paired with the Allergy Amulet app. The design is optimized for size and power and can run for days on a single battery charge.
The result is a sleek design that brings the ability to detect food allergens to the masses through a wearable that users can seamlessly integrate into their daily lives. The detection platform leverages the latest technology and materials to provide fast and accurate consumer testing. The breakthrough and patented sensor technology tests are positioned to offer affordability, speed, and a superior user experience for this new product category.
Allergy Amulet pre-orders were wildly successful, selling out in approximately four hours. Allergy Amulet is also a female founded and led company that is working hard to overcome the gender investment gap, having raised roughly five million in seed funding so far.
“I’m proud of 219 Design’s role in developing the Allergy Amulet. It has been a pleasure working with the Allergy Amulet team and its partners to develop a product with the potential to change the lives for the millions affected by life-threatening food allergies.”Alex Wood, Partner, 219 Design
We are excited to see Allergy Amulet continue to succeed and grow. 219 will continue to support their launch in the coming months and we look forward to helping them develop each new generation as technology continues to advance and evolve. In the meantime, we are ready to collaborate on the next game-changing product.