Q: Startup money?
A: We bootstrapped. We're in the Wharton Venture Initiation Program and also got $50,000 from Digital Health Accelerator at the Science Center.
Q: What's the biz do?
A: It's real-time temperature-monitoring, allowing parents to remotely and continuously track a child's temperature. Rather than going under your tongue, the device sticks to a smart patch under your armpit. Temperature data are relayed via Bluetooth to a smartphone, and the data are uploaded to the cloud for parents to see on an app wherever they are.
Q: The biz model?
A: We're launching a 30-day crowdfunding campaign on Sept. 17 to raise $50,000, and we'll be preselling the devices. In the future, we believe we'll have a subscription model with add-on features. All who back us on Indiegogo will be grandfathered in and never pay a subscription. The early-bird special is $119; we'll probably retail Fever Smart for $199.
Q: Why a name change?
A: We began as Life Patch, but walk into a drugstore and see that next to a thermometer and it doesn't immediately click what it does. Fever Smart indicates something to do with temperature and a smartphone.
Q: Potential customers?
A: Parents of young children at risk for undetected fevers and dangerous temperature spikes. We're working with some large health-care conglomerates in China that could use this as a continuous vital-signs monitoring system.
A: Kinsa Health has a thermometer that plugs into a phone. It's basically a smart, conventional thermometer because you have to plug it in, be near a child and it's a onetime reading.
Q: How big a biz is this?
A: We have four co-founders, including my sister Becca and CTO William Duckworth.
Q: What's next?
A: After the Indiegogo campaign, the first batch of Fever Smarts will be manufactured and shipped by year's end. Then we get customer feedback.
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