This Indiegogo Campaign Wants to Solve Your Sleep Apnea Problems


Missing out on a good night’s sleep can ruin your whole day. Your mood can be affected, you can find it hard to focus, and it can be nearly impossible to shake the sleepy feeling.

For those with obstructive sleep apnea this scenario can be an almost daily occurrence with other health concerns thrown into the mix.

One of the most common treatments for sleep apnea is the nightly use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine. But for anyone who has seen a CPAP or used one, they can tell you the machine comes with its own frustrations.

Inventor and entrepreneur Stephen Marsh has created a device he thinks will eliminate the problems with traditional CPAP machines. Marsh calls his invention Airing, a hoseless, maskless, cordless micro-CPAP device.

For more information on Airing check out the video below:

A typical CPAP works by increasing the air pressure in your throat to keep your airway from collapsing, which is the cause of obstructive sleep apnea. To do this, a mask is fitted over your nose and sometimes mouth as well, then strapped tight around your head to create a seal. A hose then connects the mask to the machine so air can be blown in.

CPAP machines work but some people find them to be cumbersome and loud. According to Marsh 50% of CPAP users stop using their machine within a year of starting.

The Airing cordless CPAP is a decidedly different design from traditional CPAP machines. It’s a battery operated, one-time-use device that simply “plugs” into a user’s nose. Airing creates air pressure by using micro blowers, originally intended to regulate heat for chips in computers.

Marsh boasts over 75 patents and applications to his name in the fields of electronics, energy, healthcare and consumer products. With a resume like that it’s not a stretch for this serial inventor to set his sights on a CPAP solution.

To bring Airing to the market, Marsh has launched an Indiegogo campaign, raising more than $527,000 in just three days. If you are interested in investing in the Airing cordless CPAP, you can still contribute to the campaign.

But don’t expect to get your own supply anytime soon. The company still has to gain FDA approval and does not plan to ship until summer of 2017.

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Tabby McFarland Tabby McFarland is a staff writer and web researcher for Small Business Trends. As a staff writer she specializes in social media, technology, special interest features, and e-commerce. A geek at heart, Tabby loves to be online interacting with the blogging community. Tabby is a WAHM (work at home mom) and is also an avid Pinterest enthusiast with a strong sense of style and creativity.

15 Reactions
  1. Great invention. I love how people can come up with things that can help other people. It is as simple as finding an issue and then solving it with an invention.

  2. Would love to see it work. I know lots of people using CPAP and they all joke about feeling like Darth Vader with those things on.

  3. Juliana Pieri-Bell

    I want to purchase this machine before September, will it be available? How much is it and will my insurance cover it, I have Anthem Blue Cross PPO.

    • Tabby McFarland

      Unfortunately it won’t be available until 2017, the company still has to get FDA approval. But the company says it will run around $3 a unit and insurance will cover at least some of the cost. I think it will depend on individual insurance policies and companies.

  4. Where do we we get it?

  5. I am a CPAP user so can certainly understand the frustration.. But is a “one-time use device” economically feasible and ecologically responsible?

    • Tabby McFarland

      The company claims the devices can be recycled, how recyclable they are may not be clear until they actually get on the market. They will run around $3 a unit, so it could cost you $90 a month or so. That price may or may not be worth it to CPAP users. The company does say insurance should cover at least some of the cost, but I suppose this will depend on individual insurance coverage.

  6. Why not a rechargeable battery?!

  7. Somethings wrong with the physics here. It takes a certain amount of energy to move 6L/min of air into lungs under pressure for 8 hours, and no current battery technology can possibly be that size and store that much power.

  8. Dallas R. DEMPSTER

    I am interested in investing as I am a CPAP user for over 3 years. I am concerned about the battery capability and its replacement. Please provide more technical information and results.
    Thanks. Regards Dallas

    • Tabby McFarland

      They have not reached the testing phase of this yet as far as I know. It won’t be available until 2017, so there is a ways to go. Each unit is one time use so there are no battery replacements. For more information you can check out their FAQ page:

  9. There are 8 members of my family who would love to have this new product when it is released to the public. I can’t wait and would love to be one of your test subjects if you need any. Please keep me updated to all of your product updates.
    Thank You
    Rick Russell
    10280 Bellingham Drive
    Summerset , SD 57718