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GoodLux is looking to cure depression through light

GoodLux is looking to cure depression through light

.editor_credits dl{margin: 0;padding:0;} .editor_credits dd{margin: 0;line-height:15px;} .editor_credits dt{font-weight:bold;} .articleBody .editor_credits {width: 48.5%;border-bottom: 1px solid #e5e5e5;margin-bottom: 10px;padding-bottom: 20px;font-family: “Droidsans”, sans-serif;font-size: 12px;} .articleBody .editor_credits img {border: 1px solid #a4a4a4;float: left;margin-right: 10px;height: 60px;} .time_stamp, .datestamp {font-size: 11px;color: #999;} .articleBody .mainHeadline{padding-top:5px;} The UpTake: Ed Likovich’s startup, GoodLux Technology, is putting a new wrinkle in wearable technology by allowing users to track the amount of light they get to combat depression.

Bright light can be as effective in treating depression as anti-depressant medication Prozac — and far less risky, according to researchers at Harvard University.

But it’s been difficult to measure how much light a person gets at any point in time, until now.

Scientists at Harvard are taking a wearable technology originally designed as a medical device for measuring light intake and marketing it to consumers through crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The product, called SunSprite and made by Cambridge, Massachusetts, startup GoodLux Technology, raised about $ 28,000 of its $ 50,000 fundraising goal as of Thursday, with 37 days left in the campaign.

Studies show bright light increases energy and focus, improves mood and sleep, and has also been linked to proper eye development, lower blood pressure and reduction in body fat, according to GoodLux.

“There are a ton of physiological effects that are linked with bright light, and the brightness of light you need is on the order of sunlight,” said co-founder and CTO Kasey Russell. “And most people aren’t getting it.”

The startup’s solar-powered, wearable device tells users how much light they are getting and also connects to an iOS mobile app so that allows users to track their daily light intake.

GoodLux Technology, founded in September 2012, raised a seed round of $ 610,000 led by angel investors and the company’s co-founders, said CEO Ed Likovich.

The company plans on launching a second fundraising round by March, and is looking to raise more than $ 1 million, he said. The company is mum on future plans, but says it has some ideas for future products in the works.

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