The device is designed to replace traditional CPAP machines, which require pumps, hoses and masks, the company said. The Airing device is disposable, and fits in a patients nostrils without cords or hoses.
The IndieGoGo campaign looks to raise $100,000 to start proof-of-concept prototyping of the device, according to a Boston Business Journal article.
Airing founder and device inventor Stephen Marsh said he hopes the crowdfunding campaign, set to open today, will engender support from sleep apnea patients.
“Seeing how [crowdfunding] is growing in popularity, it’s interesting to me and to people in the company who realized we had an opportunity to get funding from people who actually suffer from the condition,” Marsh told the newspaper.
The company said it hopes the device will help the estimated 22 million Americans with sleep apnea avoid non-compliance with standard CPAP devices, which use facemasks and pumps that many find uncomfortable.
“As a result of recent research, I realized that current pumps possess several deficiencies which severely limit their effectiveness and saw an opportunity to apply a new design to these pumps that could be used in a variety of ways, including treating breathing disorders. The result is a solution that we believe has the potential to address this area, and to help a large number of people live better, healthier lives,” Marsh said in a press release.