The Canaria Puck was originally conceived for use by NASA aboard the International Space Station to solve the dual problems of hazardous pockets of C02 and a black hole of biometric data.
As part of the 2016 NASA Space Apps Challenge, two major problems were identified – finding a more comfortable solution for astronauts to continually log vital medical data without impeding their experiment work,and to tackle the issue of CO2 pocket build ups within spacecrafts. The Canaria system was inspired by the current limitations of wearable space technologies. Cumbersome clothing not only has the problem of interfering with daily movements, but is also susceptible to solar radiation when microchips are incorporated into fabrics. When researching the lives of astronauts, it became clear that there was one area of the body that had been ignored by designers: that imperceptibly small space behind the concha of the ear and the neck. During the fast-paced ergonomic design process, one team members had a full-blown panic about the loss of one of the key prototypes; only to realise that they had been wearing it for the previous 6 hours underneath their headphones. A testament to the non-intrusive wearability of the product and the advantage of anchoring technologies to this part of the body. Canaria Technologies ultimately won the Global NASA Space Apps Challenge, winning the title of “Best Use of Hardware 2016”.
Canaria Technologies now has a US and PCT patent-pending status on its technology and has found a range of use cases where the technology can make an impact. The company and its supporters are excited about the Canaria Technologies's ability to prevent accidents in any industry where humans are placed in extreme or presurised environments.
Today, the Canaria Puck is being commercialised for use wherever there are safety issues with cognitive fatigue, heat exhaustion, man down alerts or breathable air, tackling the same level of environmental challenges found in manned space exploration. Canaria Technologies is a company that stands at the crossroads of innovation between the resources sector, the quest for space, the medical industry and cutting edge Artificial Intelligence. With NASA-endorsed hardware, the last year has seen the company conduct multiple field pilot tests of their device which is the first generation of predictive biometric devices for use across multiple industries.
Canaria Technologies prides itself equally on commercialising solutions to life-threatening problems as it does on furthering scientific progress through Research and Development – with the goal of ensuring everyone gets to go home safely at the end of each day. Cognitive fatigue currently accounts for two-thirds of all industrial accidents in Australia – resulting in loss of life and financial loss. Canaria Technologies is proactively seeking partnerships with Australian and International companies to eliminate fatigue and heat exhaution related incidents. The company aims to achieve this by adopting a predict and prevent approach to biometric safety.
As with all technology companies, Canaria Technologies’s success has been off the back of a world class team of people. Led by founders Alex Moss and Dr Rob Finean, Canaria Technologies has worked hard to put together the best team possible to ensure their predictive biometric systems are at the forefront of the industry and continually making a difference.Get to know Canaria >