April 2, 2014
More and more mobile health and wellness upstarts are turning to crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo to get projects off the ground. As Scanadu gears up to send out its first devices to backers, it's a good time to check in and see who else is in crowdfunding mode.
When we last rounded up crowdfunding projects a month ago, we found 12 projects. Just four of them made their funding...
March 12, 2014
Last October Waterloo, Ontario-based Airo Health, a small startup founded by recent graduates, began taking preorders for a passive nutrition-tracking, wristworn device on its website, only to refund its backers a few weeks later after admitting it should have tested and validated the device further before putting it up for sale. Last week Healbe, a company with offices in San Francisco and...
March 5, 2014
MobiHealthNews has written about a few mobile health crowdfunding projects recently, even since our last roundup in mid-January.
Johns Hopkins student team Aezon became the second Tricorder X Prize contestant (after Scanadu) to try to crowdfund its entry for the $10 million prize -- out of a desired $10,000, the team has raised $4,000 so far. AT&T alum Ryan McQuaid also launched a...
February 4, 2014
Since the 34 teams competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder were announced in November, a few, like Scanadu, have caught the public eye while the vast majority remained in stealth mode. Now at least one team, Johns Hopkins University's Aezon, is poking its head out to crowdfund its entry on Indiegogo. The team is attempting to raise $10,000 to support its shot at $10 million.
"So far we haven't had a...
February 4, 2014
Ryan McQuaid, a former lead product marketing manager of AT&T's mHealth Platform business, recently launched an Indiegogo campaign for his new company, PlushCare, an app-based system that lets users email, call and video chat with doctors for a subscription fee. (Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated McQuaid was Former Head of Product for AT&T mHealth)....
January 23, 2014
An Israeli company is crowdfunding a "smart shoe", which they say will actually prevent falls. The B-shoe (for balancing shoe) is an interesting twist on the concept: Many times, when inventors talk about fall prevention, they're really talking about gait analysis algorithms that will help keep elderly people and their caretakers informed when they become more likely to fall. The B-shoe, on the...
January 17, 2014
Indiegogo has kicked off the new year with a slew of new campaigns for health and fitness apps and devices. Last year, MobiHealthNews found an armband that measured workout intensity, a device that targets and estimates end times for blemishes on a user's skin, a sensor to measure the nutritional value of different food items, and an inactivity tracker, for those who just want to make sure they...
December 18, 2013
Helsinki, Finland-based sleep sensor company Beddit is on track to fulfill its promise to ship its product to its Indiegogo backers by the end of the year, the company says, and is opening the door for additional pre-orders via Amazon, its own online store and a number of resellers.
The company, which makes a sensor that straps to the user's bed, raised $503,000 this year in an Indiegogo campaign...
November 27, 2013
The University of California at Los Angeles Wireless Health Institute has teamed up with smart cane startup Isowalk to create a sensor-laden cane that could be used to predict falls or help speed up recovery for injured athletes.
CEO Ron Goldberg began developing the Isowalk cane in 2010, and launched an Indiegogo campaign this past summer. Although the Indiegogo campaign included a paragraph...
November 21, 2013
Last month, we compiled a list of 9 companies that had new takes on self-tracking and were crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The list included Push, an armband that tracks force instead of just activity level, Angel, an open source activity tracker that lets the developer decide what the device should do, and TellSpec, a spectrometer-enabled food tracker.
Push passed its goal of $80,000 by $54,000 and...