Health care and technology = Money. Some more promising Kickstarter projects


Healthcare is rapidly catching up with technology. There are several apps, devices, gadgets that provide various services to keep us healthy and  transforming how health care is delivered.   Connecting with patients, monitoring their health  remotely has become more easy for doctors due to ubiquitous  use of mobile phones and other technologies. This resulted  in better service to patients and more business opportunities for hospitals , apps developers, wireless medical device developers etc.  But adoption of modern technologies, apps  by hospitals is very slow due to various reasons. One common problem doctors face is the accuracy of the results provided by the apps developed by people who are more technologists than doctors.  These resulted in a attempt by MIT Media lab to create a common platform for allowing would be entrepreneurs  Doctors and other field experts to collaborate and bring accuracy in diagnosis of patients. The above attempt also reveals that there is great potential for students, Medicos and app developers to check if they can create solutions that could lead them to start a company on their own. The MIT Media lab’s Hackathon allowed many such enterprising individuals to come up with various health solutions. Below links will  guide you to start creating some on your own. Good luck and keep checking my blogs for more interesting and useful articles.

http://www.geckocap.com/

http://eastafricaaidproject.org/mithwi/

http://www.youtube.com/user/newmediamed?feature=watch

http://www.media.mit.edu/research/groups/new-media-medicine

http://indivohealth.org/

http://vimeo.com/4400829#at=0

http://newmed.media.mit.edu/blog/jom/2011/03/16/stepwatch-visualizing-pedometer-data-motivate-physical-activity

http://newmed.media.mit.edu/blog/jom/2011/05/08/online-health-identity-maximizing-value-while-maintaining-privacy

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/geckocap-accessory-inhalers-parents-kids-asthma_n_2487212.html

http://newmed.media.mit.edu/health-and-wellness-innovation-2013

Some interesting projects that got funding by public via Kickstarter are as belows. This should guide you to what attracts mass funding so that you can come up with similar projects too..

http://upverter.com/

https://tindie.com/

http://www.chaoticmoon.com/

http://store.rascalmicro.com/products/rascal-beta-unit

http://www.makershed.com/product_p/mkgk5.htm

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11400

http://www.makershed.com/MAKE_Arduino_Powered_Robot_Kit_2WD_p/msrob2w.htm

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1523379957/oculus-rift-step-into-the-game/posts/357600

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/597507018/pebble-e-paper-watch-for-iphone-and-android

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/smartthings/smartthings-make-your-world-smarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/supermechanical/twine-listen-to-your-world-talk-to-the-internet?ref=live

https://tindie.com/shops/ElectricLaboratory/ministylohopne-electriclaboratory/

https://tindie.com/shops/logicalzero/gamby-arduino-retro-gaming-shield/

http://www.dysonairblade.co.uk/hand-dryers/airblade-tap/airblade-tap.aspx

Many ideas need support in designing and taking up manufacturing the products. Below companies are helping the above entrepreneurs on manufacturing side of the products. I feel that there is room for having similar idea implemented and connect with kickstarter project owners in helping with their products.

http://www.dragoninnovation.com/

http://artisansasylum.com/

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Ideas for would be entrepreneurs

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/supermechanical/twine-listen-to-your-world-talk-to-the-internet

http://www.sparkdevices.com/demo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=B9qCLs8txBo

Clean water for cheap: Lukas jager developed  a bowl that can be used for purifying water.  The bowls are made of a clay and sawdust mix that is fired at 850 degrees Celsius. The sawdust burns away during firing leaving behind pores in the clay that make it ideal for purifying liquids at a fast rate. By adding colloidal silver, remaining traces of bacteria are killed, extending the shelf life of the final product. look for pictures here http://www.lukasjager.nl/waterschap.html

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New ideas for a start up business in Philanthropic area

A organization called “Catchafire” http://www.catchafire.org/ creates new opportunities for talent based generosity. The website allows accomplished professionals with variety of skills who are looking for ways to put those same skills to good use for non-profits, social enterprises and NGO’s (it’s a kind of skills based philanthropy) join them . Catchafire will match the skills with non-profit projects based upon your skills and interests. The projects these professionals work are of high impact and high value for the society, spanning from few hours to many months.  Check out and see how your skills will be of good use for the betterment of the planet’s living beings at the site.

Nature”s article on generosity http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v489/n7416/full/nature11467.html

http://generosityresearch.nd.edu/

Some links to those who are already working in this area are as follows

http://www.akshayapatra.org/

http://www.globalgiving.org/

http://www.pencilsofpromise.org/

http://www.nextbillion.net/blog

http://www.changemakers.com/sustainableurbanhousing

http://www.pih.org/

http://poptech.org/about

http://www.one.org/c/international/issue/3803/

http://www.globalpovertyproject.com/

http://www.akdn.org/akf

http://everymothercounts.org/

http://www.charitywater.org/

http://www.crowdrise.com/

http://hopemob.org/

http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/

Develop Apps without knowing code

http://www.theappbuilder.com/

http://ifttt.com/wtf

Using Whale example to explore deep in the ocean.

http://poptech.org/popcasts/kelly_benoitbird_marine_acoustics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_echosounder

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110316153133.htm