December 12, 2016
We are excited to talk about BioMindR, our venture using wireless signals and machine learning to reshape bio-signal monitoring for wearables. The past few months have been busy, getting a team together, raising seed financing and building a product… and it’s only the beginning. Thus, we thought it would be appropriate to start by introducing ourselves: who’s behind BioMindR? In short, we are a group of believers in technology’s potential to empower us towards a better understanding of our health and performance.
When Syt and I first met at Wear It Smart — a full day conference on wearables and smart clothing which I co-organized—, we did not expect to be soon building a company together. Just a few months later, we found ourselves exploring how to bring non-contact, continuous monitoring to wearables, starting with a new bio-signal like hydration.
Each of our team members takes a different path towards the very same goal. After evolving in the wearables space through Vestech Pro, I can attest of the craze wearables have known before going down the slope, mostly because their capabilities are limited to monitoring external metrics such as number of steps, elevation, location and outside temperature, completely neglecting what happens inside the body. Syt, Ph.D. graduate in Materials Science from Michigan University, has always been looking into ways to quantify the human body using different characterization technologies outside a lab or hospital settings.
We came together a year ago to build what we are convinced could disrupt continuous monitoring for wearables and activity monitors: a non-invasive sensing platform capable of monitoring multiple bio-signals using radiofrequency (RF) and machine learning techniques. That would not have been possible without TandemLaunch, a Montreal-based venture capital firm and incubator. The folks there are helping us tremendously throughout this journey, through funds, valuable advice, access to a never-ending network and so on.
We are not the first ones to notice the technology trend behind the wearable movement, but we realized no one was building products the way we are doing at BioMindR: by combining hardware, software and cloud into an easy-to-use system, i.e. the “hard” way! The challenges and associated opportunities are what get us excited everyday: we believe that if we make it effortless to continuously monitor bio-signals, including hydration and glucose and in a non-invasive way, then a large variety of customers will finally be able to better approach and understand their health and performance.
We quickly realized the dreams we had about extracting bio-signals continuously in a non-invasive way could be turned into reality. On one hand, ever-advancing material technologies are making it possible today to build RF systems that are discrete and could be worn on the body. On the other hand, signal processing (machine learning/ deep learning and al) is getting so performant today that it can “see through” any signal to extract meaningful data from what we used to call noise.
We clearly did not know what we were getting ourselves into. We never had deep thoughts about the obstacles we might face, but had plenty of determination to move forward. We have come across many hurdles over the past year but we are progressing nonetheless towards building a product that promises to revolutionize the next generation of wearables. It’s been a thrilling journey so far… and we are just getting started.
BioMindR at CES’17
All this history and context brings us to today’s news: we’ll be at CES and we are looking forward to meeting you all in there. We’ll be showcasing at booth #50901 in the Eureka Park. Make sure to come by to say hello and check out our latest hydration demo. And, as many moms would recommend, make sure you drink plenty of water. Again, this comes back to CES being held in the middle of the desert, and although you might have had a late night before, it’s likely dehydration that is causing the headache! We’ll make sure you get the amount of water you need to get through the event with optimal performance.
Looking forward connecting with you in person at CES,
Co-Founder and Market Lead at BioMindR