BreathResearch Launches Indiegogo Campaign for Breath Acoustics All-in-One Headset As Part of the Philips Next Big Thing Innovation Fellows Competition

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The Smartphone Headset for Health, Fitness and Performance

All of us do better when we have the power of biofeedback devices like the A-i-O headset to see our health and fitness changes and improvements.

BreathResearch (BRI), a start-up company in the San Francisco Bay Area and a long-time innovator in acoustic analytics of breathing, today announced it is competing in the Philips Next Big Thing Innovation Fellows Challenge on popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo with its Breath Acoustics All-in-One (A-i-O ) Headset. This innovative headset pairs with a mobile app and is designed to bring the same physiological data and power that elite athletes use to perform better, sleep better and recover from injury or illness. The A-i-O headset combines acoustic and optic sensors and offers acoustic breath pattern, heart rate, pulse oximetry, altitude, location and barometric pressure data - collection and analysis- to give users a more comprehensive picture of their health and fitness status, wherever they are.

The A-i-O headset utilizes new parameters of respiration, along with heart rate data to determine optimal levels of relaxation and important metabolic thresholds that athletes and fitness enthusiasts use to improve their workouts, training, event performance and recovery.

The company’s crowdfunding effort, an important part of the Philips Innovation Fellows Challenge, has already raised more than $10,000 from dozens of funders in just the first few days of the campaign. Philips is partnering with Indiegogo to host this competition and help bring the "Next Big Ideas" to life. Philips is contributing $100,000 to the winning ideas. The Innovation Fellows Challenge will recognize the best products, services and tangible ideas that address the key innovation opportunities of their campaign called "Living Well, Being Healthy, and Enjoying Life."

"My goal was to design something that looks good, feels good and at the same time provides important feedback and data for health and fitness," said Nirinjan Yee, CEO and Founder of BreathResearch. "We’re confident that once fully funded, the Breath Acoustic A-i-O headset and platform will offer many options for research and treatment in mind-body medicine, enhanced athletic performance, sleep and home cardiopulmonary care."

Comprised of a small group of professionals with talents and expertise in health, fitness, engineering, acoustics, business and design, BRI created a campaign goal to help make the world a healthier and happier place by fully funding the A-i-O headset so that, together with its partner Heart Zones USA, it can create personalized health and fitness recommendations to help the wearer alleviate stress, improve athletic performance, achieve weight loss goals and get better sleep.

Heart Zones USA Founder and CEO Sally Edwards, MA, MBA explains, "All of us do better when we have the power of biofeedback devices like the A-i-O headset to see our health and fitness changes and improvements."

Third-party developers will also be able and encouraged to create new apps for the A-i-O headset and platform, using the BreathResearch API.

From now until October 29, 2013, supporters can contribute to the campaign for the BreathAcoustic A-i-O headset at: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/breathacoustics-all-in-one-headset/x/1833203. All contributions received prior to September 30 will count toward winning the competition.

About BreathResearch

BreathResearch (BRI) creates technologies and training to improve health, fitness and performance. Our patent-pending respiratory acoustic analysis has been created from years of real-world experience in clinics and fitness studios and is based on the data analysis of thousands of respiratory recordings. Learn more at http://www.breathresearch.com.

Crowdfunding support is provided by Health Tech Hatch.

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