June 2, 2017
While strategies ranging from cold turkey to scare tactics and stop-gap solutions like gum abound, smoking remains among the most notoriously difficult habits to kick. That’s why MindCotine, a Redwood City, California-based startup wants to tackle the issue with a novel new technology: virtual reality.
Smoking is more than a physiological need, the Argentina-born cofounders Cristian Waitman,...
September 7, 2016
At CES in January, Samsung showed off a concept for a smart belt called Welt (a portmanteau of wellness and belt). At the beginning of the summer, the company announced that the Welt team had spun off into its own startup. Now Welt has brought its device to crowdfunding website Kickstarter, where it proved an overnight success, raising $64,485 over the long weekend.
Welt comes from Samsung...
August 19, 2016
It's been a few months since MobiHealthNews last put together a digital health crowdfunding roundup, so there are several ongoing Indiegogo and Kickstarter projects to peruse. Read on for our latest rundown, which includes a connected CPAP machine, mental health apps, a small breathalyzer, and various other digital health devices and offerings.
Shae, which bills itself as “Siri for Your Health,”...
February 10, 2016
MobiHealthNews' last crowdfunding roundup wasn't too long ago, but there are already a number of new digital health apps and devices on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Read on below for a smart water bottle and a smart baby bottle, PERS and PHRs, an activity tracker for swimming, an app for anxiety, and more.
Flo is a smartphone-connected noncontact thermometer. Like Withings’ recently-announced...
May 26, 2015
It's been almost two months since MobiHealthNews has surveyed the mobile and digital health crowdfunding landscape, but the tide of projects hasn't slowed down. At the end of March, we looked at smart jump ropes, smart canes, two wearable thermometers, and an app-connected home blood test kit. Three out of five of those companies -- Kenkodo, Smart Rope, and STEMP -- made their goals (with the...
February 19, 2015
Melon, the EEG-tracking headband company that raised nearly triple its initial goal in a 2013 crowdfunding campaign, has been acquired by DAQRI, an enterprise augmented reality company founded in 2010, for an undisclosed amount.
DAQRI's CEO Brian Mullins announced the acquisition from the keynote stage at the 4D Expo, an event hosted by the company. DAQRI is working on something it calls "4D," a...
January 30, 2015
The past few weeks have been good to digital health projects on crowdfunding platforms Indiegogo and Kickstarter. While some of the nine projects below are the latest in a long line of takes on the wristworn activity tracker, others facilitate the tracking of temperature, blood glucose, sleep, or concussions. And most of these projects have already surpassed their funding goals. Read on to see...
December 17, 2014
Over the last two months, crowdfunding campaigns have launched for numerous smartwatches and fitness wearables, as well as a number of more health-specific devices. These devices purport to help track eating behavior, heart health, dental health, sleep, and even cancer detection. Some devices aim to track health holistically, and the list even includes a smart water bottle meant to help users...
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 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...