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Jan. 20, 2014 10:15 am

3D-printed tool for relieving neck soreness raising $25K

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support.

On the left: Fleischer's original 3D-printed prototype. His latest 3D-printed prototype is on the right. Photo via Kickstarter.

Crowdfunding of the Week is a regular series highlighting the technology, creative and innovation crowdfunding campaigns in Baltimore that might be worth your support. This week’s project comes from Kickstarter. See other Crowdfundings of the Week here.

When Corey Fleischer, cofounder of the Baltimore Foundery makerspace, won the first season of the Discovery Channel‘s “The Big Brain Theory,” the mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, told Technical.ly Baltimore he was mulling over his next move.

Now he has made it, along with a team of three others: the ARC, a portable device for relieving neck soreness.

This isn’t the typical “tech hack” associated with Baltimore’s tech community, but a device for getting rid of a sore neck is probably useful for the developers who spend hours a day in front of their computer screens. A physical therapist thought up the ARC, but it was Fleischer who designed and 3D-printed the original and latest prototypes of the device.

He and his team are now raising $25,000 on Kickstarter to cover the costs of mass production.

Here’s how the ARC works (there’s also a video below): after it’s set on the floor, the user places their neck onto several “pressure points” on the contraption, almost as if they were lying their head on their bedroom pillow.

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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