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Teen develops wristbands inspired by his father

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2016-12-19 18:48

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He quickly idealized a wristband that could contain a tracking mechanism that visitors could connect with on their phones, saving hospital staff the trouble of giving directions, preventing family member to wander around the hospital, and keeping the patients safe.

“I remember looking at my Dad's wristband and thinking it could be useful for more than just a name”, the boy recalled.

When Benjamin was 15, he did a lot of research and got $6,000 fuding from crowdsourcing, and later on he founded his own startup.

“Not only can [Wellbands] help families and friends find loved ones, it can also provide incredibly useful patient data for hospitals”, the inventor explained.

The device uses bluetooth technology that pairs with a smartphone app or desktop system to locate the wristband wearer.

Benjamin presented his product at Stanford Medicine X 2016, and now plans to take a gap year to invest in Wellbands in full time.

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Benjamin Bell, born in New Zeland, in 1999, developed Wellbands, a GPS wristband to help patients navigate around the hospitals. Benjamin had the idea for this device when he was 11 years old, and got lost in the hospital while looking for his father. The student immediately thought those wristbands could be more complex and functional, by helping the families keep track of loved ones they have on the hospital.

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