San Diego Business Journal

Triple W, a San Diego connected health startup, was named an honoree of the Consumer Electronics Show’s Innovation Awards on Nov. 9.

The company won the award for its DFree wearable device, intended to help users with urinary incontinence. The device uses an ultrasound sensor to track changes in bladder size, and sends a notification to the user at a set threshold. It’s meant to serve as an alternative to disposable diapers and medications.

“We just launched DFree in the U.S. market and are excited to be recognized so soon by such a prominent showcase of consumer tech like CES,” Triple W CEO Atsushi Nakanishi said in a news release. “DFree’s new and life-changing approach for the challenge of managing urinary incontinence gives consumers the opportunity to engage fully in an active lifestyle.”

Triple W launched sales of the device in mid-October. Prior to that, it had been used in 500 senior care facilities in Japan and Europe.

A panel of judges evaluated honorees for each project’s engineering, aesthetics and user value. The DFree device was honored in the “Fitness, Sports and Biotech” category.