A little Mozart with your mHealth?
Farther down the road, Lee sees the A-i-O headset making headway in clinical healthcare. She notes that companies like Masimo and iSonea are marketing similar types of breath-sensing technology, though they focus on specific aspects of breathing – like, in iSonea's case, wheezing – while BreathSense targets the entire breathing cycle. Such technology could be used to study and monitor a wide range of respiratory conditions, as well as monitoring lung transplant patients for rejection.
"It's surprising how much information there is in our breathing sounds," she said. "This could open up so much in medicine."
BreathSense has already raised more than $10,000 through crowdfunding efforts helped by Health Tech Hatch. In the Philips Next Big Thing Innovation Fellows Challenge, the company is angling for a $100,000 prize. Supporters can contribute to the campaign through October 29.