Startup Brings the Internet of Things to the Music World

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A Grand Rapids, Michigan based startup is helping bring the Internet of Things to the world of music. Healthy Strings LLC is developing a Bluetooth Low Energy humidity and temperature sensor to help musicians protect their instruments.

Healthy Strings LLC, a Grand Rapids, Michigan based startup, is helping bring the Internet of Things to the world of music. The most dangerous threat to wooden instruments is the environment to which they are exposed. High quality wood can be adversely affected when the relative humidity changes. As the relative humidity decreases, wood starts to shrink and the extra stress on the instrument can cause joints to fail and cracks to form, while higher humidities can cause joints to swell.

The goal of Healthy Strings is to bring peace of mind to musicians by monitoring the humidity and temperature of their instrument while it is stored in its case. The app will then alert the musician when the humidity or temperature of their instrument is outside the ideal range. (Many guitar manufacturers recommend their customers keep their guitars in a relative humidity of 45-55 percent.)

Healthy Strings has launched an Indiegogo campaign to get the word out about their product as well as offer the opportunity for fellow musicians to get involved in its production. Healthy Strings’ Indiegogo campaign goal is to raise at least $15,000 by Jan. 31, 2015. Contributors will receive a variety of perks for each level of support with higher-level supporters receiving proper recognition. For instance, pledging $3,000 places someone into the VIP Beta Tester category, a level that allows the supporter a first crack at trying out the device this spring.

For more details about Healthy Strings, visit heathystrings.com. For more info about the Indiegogo campaign or to make a pledge, visit the Healthy Strings Indiegogo page.

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