October 18, 2014
Although MobiHealthNews published a crowdfunding roundup just two weeks ago, already, several more devices have cropped up on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. One device that launched an Indiegogo campaign recently, called Xmetrics, also announced a funding raise last week.
Almost all of the devices listed offer activity tracking features, but most also have a significant emphasis on coaching, insights...
October 14, 2014
There seems to be a pattern emerging among health and fitness devices that do well on crowdfunding platforms: Break a record with your campaign, then ship your device several months late. Pebble broke Kickstarter's funding record, then took more than a year to ship all its backer devices. Misfit Shine raised $100,000 in less than 10 hours on Indiegogo, then delayed its ship date from spring to...
October 6, 2014
Digital health devices -- including consumer-facing activity trackers and wearables -- have a constant presence on Indiegogo and Kickstarter these days. But lately a few health-related devices have made a big splash, raising well over their funding goal. The Darma smart seat cushion, the SmartMat smart yoga mat, and Pavlok, a wrist bracelet that uses small shocks to discourage bad habits, have...
August 27, 2014
There may be a lot of fitness trackers on the market, but the enthusiasm for supporting new trackers on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo hasn't died down. At MobiHealthNews, we periodically check in on the health, wellness and medical devices on crowdfunding platforms that relate to digital health and wearable technology.
Our last roundup included sleep tracker Sense, whose...
July 24, 2014
This week, a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for a sleep sensor, called Sense, reached and surpassed its $100,000 goal on the same day it launched. And while this company's crowdfunding success was almost immediate, a few companies, which are still weeks from their goals, have been gaining funds steadily.
Some other campaigns that have launched recently include a connected health platform, a...
June 6, 2014
Controversies and altered submission requirements aside, crowdfunding is still a popular way to get a mobile or digital health project off the ground, which is why we periodically check in on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the two major crowdfunding platforms, for health and fitness-related projects.
Last month, we wrote about posture-correcting wearable UpRight, stethoscope headset InstaMD, diabetes...
June 4, 2014
Kickstarter has made a big change to its submission rules, opening the gates for a lot more projects in previously prohibited categories like cosmetics, pet supplies, and automotive products. Yet in the area of health, Kickstarter remains resolute, with a new, even more specific prohibition then it had before. Kickstarter now prohibits any project that is "heavily regulated" and "any item...
May 22, 2014
The Epilepsy Foundation has launched a device and connected app on Indiegogo, called SAMi, that helps caregivers track family members who have recurring seizures (RS), according to a report over at Medgadget.
As reported on the group's Indiegogo page, more than 37,000 children are diagnosed with RS every year. And at night, it is difficult for caregivers to track whether a seizure occurred.
May 20, 2014
During the past month, at least five startups have launched new Indiegogo campaigns to crowdfund their digital health startups.
Last month’s set of projects included Fitnotix, a company that is developing a web and mobile platform to help consumers incorporate fitness into their daily lives; CureCrowd, a platform that wants to crowdsource health information from patients; and iFocusBand, a...
April 9, 2014
April 1st is come and gone, but the mobile health jokes are sticking around. Just this week, we saw a cutting Indiegogo satire of suspect health trackers like HealBe and the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley," which hit us with a pretty good riff on physician-entrepreneurs.
Started by someone calling themselves "Shane White", the Indiegogo page lasted about two days before being taken down by the...