NightWare Launches Smart Watch App On Kickstarter

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 12.46.11 PMLocal startup NightWare recently launched on Kickstarter with the goal of attracting at least $6,500 from backers who want to support the evolution of their smartwatch app.

NightWare uses “supervised machine learning” and haptic feedback to potentially stop traumatic nightmares for people who suffer from PTSD, among other causes of disruptive sleep afflictions.

The venture has a history here that goes back about two years when then Macalester student Tyler Skluzacek won a hackathon for a prototype called myBivvy. It was inspired by his father, an Iraq war veteran diagnosed with PTSD experiencing sleep outbursts that were adversely affecting himself and others.

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myBivvy previously raised $26k via Kickstarter, won MobDemo a month after that, and was named TECHdotMN rising star for the year.

When Skluzacek opted to continue his formal education through grad school in Chicago, he passed the leadership role to Grady Hannah as the CEO of renamed company NightWare, with Skluzacek at CTO.

“$6,500 seems small until you try and raise it,” says Hannah, who would use the proceeds in part, for a clinical trial with a local unnamed hospital.


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