We began working with Qualcomm in 2008, helping imagine and create a world of wearable computing. At the time, there were no wearables, no Apple Watch, no Android Wear, only a technology pioneer working on enabling a new industry.
Pearl created new ways to pack technology and connectivity into tiny packages, bending methods and physics into submission. We prototyped, tested and invented ways to integrate world phone antennae into bands. A world first. We baffled manufacturers with 5-shot injections and pulled it off. A world first. We disrupted, created and turned things upside down. We helped create processes that paved the way for wearables today. Boy, was it ever fun!
In 2009, we helped Qualcomm and several partners design and launch Lifecomm devices.
Lifecomm helped senior citizens stay connected and safe. A module that contained cellular connectivity, speaker, mic, e-ink screen and some very advanced sensors was built to be inserted into multiple wearables: watch, clip and pendant. When worn, one press connects the wearer to a call centre, which could intern provide emergency or other services. It was essentially a miniature phone one wore. It also featured fall detection and a charger that served as a night light (research showed that night falls happened in very high numbers for elderly, so we designed a method to incentivize them to take our fall detection and connectivity device, while getting an instant night light). Lifecomm and it's parent company was acquired by Verizon shortly after.