For many people, migraines are a huge headache. More than 28 million people suffer from migraines according to a 2001 report from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. And, in a survey by the National Headache Foundation, 75 percent of respondents said weather was a significant trigger for their headaches.
Weather is an underappreciated determinant of many physical and emotional conditions. For example, seasonal affective disorder — often induced by cold weather, sparse sunlight, and long nights — is on the rise, according to CBS. But a Norwegian developer wants to use weather analytics to help predict and overcome migraines.
iMigraine wants to raise 100,000 Norwegian kroner ($12,771) in an effort to, “use GPS and weather systems to predict migraines through H/L pressure change [and] warn users and remind [them] to take precautions/medicine,” they say on their Kickstarter page.
Though the concept is intriguing, iMigraine admits it’s evidence is circumstantial: “… there is a theory that headaches triggered by extreme weather are a protective, or defensive, response because they lead the person to seek a more hospitable environment.”
Meanwhile, they’re halfway through their funding round with a modest six backers and a total 255 Norwegian kroner ($32.57) pledged. Rewards include receiving the app one month before release (pledge $3.20 or more), receiving the ad-free app one month before release (pledge $6.39 or more), and receiving the ad-free app one month before release plus the gratitude of migraine sufferers everywhere (pledge $63.86 or more).
iMigraine claims to have no risks or challenges with development. But they do have competition. AccuWeather currently offers a similar feature for tracking whether weather will trigger migraines.
Top photo courtesy of iMigraine’s Kickstarter page