Kickstarter

By Jonah Comstock 08:45 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 10:01 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 07:13 am July 8, 2014
Since MobiHealthNews' most recent roundup in June, at least eight more digital health and fitness crowdfunding campaigns have launched on Kickstarter. This time, many of the devices and apps focused on specializing in a specific fitness category. One campaign offered a platform specifically for triathletes to train for events, while another created a tool that is designed to track the movements...
By Aditi Pai 06:26 am June 24, 2014
Digital health upstart Darma has developed a cushion that aims to help people remember to maintain good posture when sitting down for long periods of time. The cushion contains one millimeter-thick fiber optic sensors that sense the user's movements. The pillow also has embedded sensors that detect heart rate, stress level, and respiration. All of this information is sent to a companion app on...
By Jonah Comstock 11:37 am 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...
By Jonah Comstock 09:22 am June 4, 2014
A new smartphone-connected device for measuring the nutritional content of food has raised $2.2 million on Kickstarter, on top of $4 million to $5 million in funding from venture capitalists including Khosla Ventures, according to TechCrunch. SCiO is a tiny spectrometer that promises to send information about food, nutrition, and medication to a user's smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy. Tel...
By Jonah Comstock 06:40 am 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...
By Aditi Pai 08:01 am April 14, 2014
Four months after Paris-based Kolibree announced its smartphone-connected electric toothbrush at CES 2014, the company has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Kolibree's connected toothbrush has sensors that detect not only how long users brushed their teeth, but also whether they hit all the hard to reach places between gums and teeth. Kolibree wants brushing to last two minutes and...
By Jonah Comstock 08:22 am April 8, 2014
Smartphone-based medication adherence tools are rapidly becoming en established niche in digital health, and we've seen a range of form factors: medication reminder apps, smart pillboxes, and connected pill bottle caps to name a few. Cypress, Texas-based MedeStat is putting another twist on digital medication adherence with PillBacker, a smartphone case with built in compartments for pills,...
By Jonah Comstock 09:59 am 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...