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Winner - Bronze
Competition: Spark:Spring Product
Designer: Dan Harden - President / CEO / Principal Designer
Design Type: Children's Product
Company / Organization / School: Whipsaw Inc
Team Members: Dan Harden, Mark Hearn
Starling is a science-backed wearable device that can boost brain development in young children. Research has proven that the number of words a child hears throughout the day strongly predicts future vocabulary, IQ, and emotional well-being. Starling keeps a running count of spoken words by and to your child through direct verbal engagement. Pair it with the VersaMe app to set word count goals, monitor engagement progress, and set challenges. Shaped like a friendly little star, it is soft, seamless and safe, attaching to babies’ clothes via a tethered magnet. Design is good when it’s in perfect harmony with the user, and even better if its value extends into a lifelong benefit like Starling.