Parents launch an Indiegogo campaign for a night-time seizure monitor

It’s easier to help a person having an epileptic seizure in the well-lit daytime as opposed to the pitch-black night. That’s the problem the SAMi monitor is changing. SAMi founders Cynthia and Charles Anderson created the device to help monitor the seizures their son was having at night. Charles, who is an engineer, developed the […]

It’s easier to help a person having an epileptic seizure in the well-lit daytime as opposed to the pitch-black night. That’s the problem the SAMi monitor is changing.

SAMi founders Cynthia and Charles Anderson created the device to help monitor the seizures their son was having at night. Charles, who is an engineer, developed the first model in 2009, which used a security camera and ran on a laptop.

After some tinkering, Charles moved SAMi to the Apple iOS so that video and audio the camera captured could be accessed on iPhones, iPods and iPads instead of a large laptop.

According to information released during a recent Indiegogo campaign, SAMi is a camera equipped for the dark that is hooked up to an iPhone or iPod. It sounds an alarm when unusual movement occurs, enables caregivers to sleep with confidence and records and organizes live video and audio.

The couple realized that more people could use SAMi like they did, so when the Epilepsy Therapy Project (now part of the Epilepsy Foundation) announced its first annual Shark Tank Competition in 2012, Charles entered the competition and won.

After the competition, the Epilepsy Foundation partnered with SAMi and the team now has customers throughout the United States, Canada and Australia and is hoping to expand even further.

The partnership launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise more funds to improve the product with added features, boost production and give SAMi to the Epilepsy Foundation and other charitable organizations that would benefit from the product.

The partnership has raised $63,626 of its Indiegogo goal of $90,000 and has five days left to finish raising funds.