June 5, 2013
As wearable all-day activity trackers compete to be smaller, more convenient, and more comfortable, there's one problem many of the newer entrants are running into: battery life. If users are supposed to be wearing a tracker all the time, when do they plug it in? And the point when a user takes off a wearable device to plug it into the wall is the point when they're most likely to lose interest...
May 24, 2013
The Misfit Shine raised $846,000 on Indiegogo in January.
Like the Misfit Shine before it, Scanadu proved this week that in digital health, the combination of a hip, hyped product and a crowdfunding platform can lead to impressive results. The company raised their goal of $100,000 in just two hours, and they're now up to more than three times that.
Of course, not all digital and mobile health...
April 16, 2013
A startup company is touting its system for remotely monitoring elderly people with chronic illnesses as having three advantages over existing products: elegant design, a focus on social connection rather than "fear of death," as the CEO puts it, and price.
Lively, a San Francisco-based startup, is launching its eponymous system Tuesday, combining a series of wireless sensors, a data-collection...
April 11, 2013
A startup mobile app developer is testing and preparing to launch an iPad app intended to help people with dementia (and perhaps just technophobes) navigate the tablet screen with voice commands and a simplified display. The app, called Clevermind, from a Hillside, Ill.-based company of the same name, also will help caregivers manage treatment for their loved ones.
"My target market really is...
January 24, 2013
Last year Misfit Wearables' activity monitoring device Shine met its goal of raising $100,000 on Indiegogo in less than 10 hours after launching on the crowdfunding site. Last week Misfit's two month campaign came to close with about $846,000 raised from almost 8,000 people from 64 countries and all 50 states.
All told, the company now has pre-orders for about 10,000 Shine devices, which it aims...
January 8, 2013
iMPak Health, Neptune City, N.J.-based creator of pocket-sized devices for ECG testing, sleep monitoring and pain management, is turning to crowdsourcing to fund its latest offering, a foray into gamification. However, the outreach has struggled to gain momentum.
iMPak, a joint venture of New Jersey hospital system Meridian Health and Swedish wireless technology vendor Cypak, has listed "Emmett's...
December 19, 2012
Health Tech Hatch CEO Patricia Salber
In late January, medical-focused crowdfunding site Health Tech Hatch will premier its testing platform in a three-way partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Health 2.0. Health Tech Hatch will offer its 20 physician, patient, and tech guru testers up for free to developers entering healthfinder.gov's Mobile App Challenge....
October 31, 2012
Moscow, Russia-based startup VitaPortal, which spun out of Moscow's Fastlane Ventures incubator last year, announced $2 million in its first round of funding. Prostor Capital led the round and noted angel investor Esther Dyson also contributed.
When VitaPortal first launched last year it aspired to be a Russian version of WebMD that enabled people in Russia to quickly find reliable health...
July 19, 2012
In recent weeks LUMOback, the startup developing a wearable sensor and companion app that help users become more aware of their posture, raised more than $100,000 on crowdfunding site, Kickstarter. As we noted in a previous post, LUMOback managed to raise funds on the site even though it has rejected many other health and wellness-related projects in recent months. More recently Shiv Gaglani at...
July 10, 2012
This week health and medical-focused crowdfunding platform Medstartr plans to officially launch on Wednesday. As the name suggests, the website is following in the footsteps of the leading crowdfunding website, Kickstarter, which has helped launched at least two health-related startups that we have covered in MobiHealthNews: smartwatch maker Pebble and smartphone-enabled, inexpensive microscope...