AUSTIN, Texas, March 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FreeWavz™ (www.freewavz.com) received the SXSW Interactive Innovation Award for the Wearable Tech category at the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ceremony, presented by Pricewaterhouse Coopers and supporting sponsors Cloud typography and IBM.
"It is a great honor to be selected as a winner of SXSW's prestigious award," said Dr. Eric Hensen, founder of Freewavz. "Creating a fitness solution that allows people to track their metrics with medical grade technology while listening to music has become a reality, and we are thrilled by the amount of support we have received."
FreeWavz smart fitness earphones are the world's first wire-free earphones. FreeWavz feature "absorption" pulse oximetry technology, the same method founder, Dr. Eric Hensen, uses in the operating room to obtain heart rate and oxygen saturation from his patients. FreeWavz not only record heart rate and oxygen saturation but also measure steps, calories burned, and report distance, duration and speed. Successfully launching on Kickstarter in August of 2014, FreeWavz raised more than $300,000 making FreeWavz one of the top 1% most funded Kickstarter projects.
This award adds to FreeWavz's numerous accolades including 2015 CES Innovation Award Honoree and 2015 Bluetooth SIG Breakthrough Award Finalist in the prototype category, underscoring its technology innovation in the fitness wearable industry.
"The Interactive community extends our sincere congratulations to this year's winners for this esteemed industry accolade and well-deserved recognition," said Mason Stewart, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Coordinator.
FreeWavz is expected to deliver its Kickstarter campaign rewards beginning in May 2015 and be available for $249.99 in Summer 2015. Freewavz is now accepting pre-orders at a discounted price of $219 at www.Freewavz.com.
FreeWavz (www.FreeWavz.com) is a fitness-focused consumer electronics company based out of Melbourne, Fla., developing smart wearables for the ears. Its first product, FreeWavz, a smart earphone with integrated fitness monitoring and Bluetooth technology, was successfully funded through Kickstarter in August 2014 and expects to start shipping in May 2015. Stay in-touch with FreeWavz through Facebook and Twitter.