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Patient group CrowdFunds $120,000 for trial to treat black bone disease

Patient group CrowdFunds $120,000 for trial to treat black bone disease

By howardlake, Cambridge, UK, 31 October 2013 – A patient group has used the crowdfunding website Indiegogo to raise $120,000 to launch an international clinical trial to treat black bone disease, the first genetic disease ever discovered. The campaign, called Help Us Cure Black Bone Disease, ran from 1 September to 21 October 2013 and set an initial target of raising $98,000 in six weeks. In the first 11 days post-launch, it had already raised $25,570 – over 25% of its goal. By its end, the figure was higher than $120,000, exceeding the campaign’s goal by 20%. Dr Nicolas Sireau, Chairman of the AKU Society, the…

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Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Israeli wearable health monitor Angel Heart Monitor crowdfunds on Indiegogo

Trust Israelis to transform an ancient religious belief into a bio-medical reality that can be worn around the wrist. The Angel Health Monitor is a biofeedback wristband that senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation and heart rate. Just like the mythical guardian angel, it monitors your every move to make sure that you are in good health. The health band is synced to a user’s smartphone and laptop via Bluetooth to provide real-time updates on their body’s internal workings. Tel Aviv-based startup Seraphim Sense is behind the Angel monitor, which has been in development for the past two years. CEO Eugene Jorov, who founded the company with…

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Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

Omate TrueSmart watch beats Kickstarter goal in a day

As Samsung prepares for its long-anticipated smartwatch launch, New York-based Omate has smashed the funding target for its own TrueSmart wrist-mounted device. Omate Truesmart, a water-resistant smartwatch with a built-in 5-megapixel camera, reached its $100,000 (£63,700) crowdfunding target in less than one day, and has now raised more than double its original goal, with $232,317 (£149,000) pledged and 28 days of the campaign remaining. Most of the smartwatches launched to date have been intended as Bluetooth companion accessories to a smartphone, but TrueSmart claims to be “a new generation of Smartwatch 2.0,” operating both independently from the smartphone, thanks to its 3G capabilities, and as a…

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Byco micro-financing platform is crowdfunding Fashion’s Next Big Designers

Byco micro-financing platform is crowdfunding Fashion’s Next Big Designers

Jesse Finkelstein has created an online “one-stop-shop” for designers that facilitates production, with a little help from investors large and small Fashion design schools teach their students how to sketch a design, drape or tailor a piece of clothing, sew it together, and, eventually, create a coherent collection. What’s less taught are the nuts and bolts of what happens after the design process: sampling, production, distribution and financing, all of which can delay (or halt completely) the debut of a designer’s pieces. One way to correct this barrier, thought entrepreneur Jesse Finkelstein, was to create an online “one-stop-shop” for designers, fashion and otherwise, that facilitates the production parts, letting them…

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Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

Shine Launches in Apple Stores in US, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 7, 2013 — /PRNewswire/ — The much anticipated Misfit Shine, an elegant physical activity monitor and one of the most successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns in history, has officially launched in the United States, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. Shine will be available in Apple Stores in Europe and Australia later this month. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121114/SF13534 ) Shine measures the intensity and duration of your physical activity and provides metrics such as steps taken, distance travelled, and estimated calories burned. Wear it at night to track sleep as well. Shine comes with a clasp and a sport band so you can wear it in…

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