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Startup develops sensor for instruments

October 29, 2014
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Startup develops sensor to protect instruments
The in-development sensor and mobile app by Healthy Strings would protect instruments from damage due to extreme conditions. Photo via

A startup is developing a mobile app and sensor that play on the heart strings of musicians and their prized possessions.

Start Garden the $15-million seed fund in Grand Rapids, said last week that it will make an initial investment of $5,000 in the in-development technology by Healthy Strings.

Healthy Strings

The startup is working to develop a Bluetooth Smart-enabled humidity and temperature sensor for instruments stored in cases.

Healthy Strings is designed to protect instruments from extreme weather conditions, while providing instantaneous data to a user’s smartphone.

The companion mobile app would incorporate real-time alerts to notify a musician if the humidity or temperature is approaching a level that can potentially damage their instrument.

Cameron Boote, founder of Healthy Strings, said since all wooden instruments are vulnerable to changes in the immediate environment, the app would cater to a wide audience of musicians.

The app would be intended for instruments such as guitars, violins, violas, cellos and pianos.

“As winter fast approaches, it brings with it cold, dry air that has the potential to damage wooden instruments, if they are not given proper care,” Boote said.

Boote, a “technology enthusiast and guitarist,” developed an initial prototype from the Texas Instruments SensorTag, with an expected price for the completed device of about $50 or less, according to Start Garden’s website.

Next steps

Healthy Strings anticipates using the Start Garden funds to continue developing the mobile app prototype.

The startup will also develop a website to gather email addresses from musicians interested in the product to evaluate demand.

Healthy Strings is required to return to a monthly Start Garden Update Night event after a couple of months to present on its progress to be considered for further funding.

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