Starling is a science-backed wearable device that can boost brain development in young children. Research has proven that the number of words a child hears throughout the day strongly predicts future vocabulary, IQ, and emotional well-being. Starling keeps a running count of spoken words through direct verbal engagement. Pair it with the VersaMe app to set word count goals, monitor engagement progress, and set challenges. Shaped like a friendly little star, it is soft, seamless and safe, attaching to babies’ clothes via a tethered magnet. Design is good when it’s in perfect harmony with the user, and even better if its value extends into a lifelong benefit like Starling. Starling launched on Indiegogo in Fall 2015 and was fully funded in less than 1 day.