Our CODE_n CONTEST Finalist Amparo focuses on simple but effective solutions for prosthetics in developing nations. Amparo‘s prosthetic socket will allow governmental and non-governmental organizations worldwide to provide services to more amputees and to extend their services with mobile outreach programs. We’ve talked to Co-Founder and Production Engineer Felix Dietrich about his young companies fascinating vision.
What is Amparo all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Felix: AMPARO is about empowering amputees. Amputation is an extremely impactful event in a person’s life, which involves not only overcoming physical challenges but psychological as well. Apart from readapting to a whole different lifestyle, amputees face the social stigma that confront people with handicap in our society, considering them as physically deficient/limited, incapable of performing certain tasks and economically unproductive. We have seen that prosthetic care is key to overcoming these challenges.
Throughout our field research, we realized that high quality products and services are constantly entering the market, however, 80% of the amputees around the world still do not have access to modern prosthetic products and services. In many instances, becoming an amputee can mean entering a poverty cycle.
AMPARO will change this! We aim to empower amputees all over the world to live their lives without limitations. Using human-centered design we are developing an alternative to traditional sockets that is a simpler, faster, more economic. This high-quality technology will help amputees across the world to walk again.
LightFab produces prototypes and series of complex 3D glass parts from customer CAD data. Moreover, the German CODE_n CONTEST finalist (Photonics 4.0 cluster) sells machines to rapidly produce 3D glass parts using selective laser-induced etching (SLE). The LightFab 3D printer is also used for precision ablation, waveguide writing, internal glass welding, and two-photon polymerization. LightFab enables the mass production of 3D glass parts by scaling the SLE process with special high-speed modules. Jens Gottmann, one of the three LightFab Founders took the time to tell us more!
What is LightFab all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Jens: LightFab uses the photons from the fs-laser and the bits in a CAD-file to produce 3D glass things with revolutionary design freedom with the large precision and speed of the LightFab 3D Printer.
Starting about 2005 during our research time at RWTH Aachen University we experienced how the fs-lasers got rapidly faster (MHz) and more powerful (>100W) and it became clear to us, that we need faster digital beam moving systems to get the lasers’ power on the road. Thus, we developed a combination of 3D beam scanning system with micro focus including various modules for extreme high speed deflection. We demonstrated the scaling of the 3D glass printing process using our new high speed microscanner: With a tailored mass production machine we can produce 3D glass parts at costs only known from molded plastic parts. That was the time to bring this technology into the real world and to start LightFab.
The 3 founders and CEO of LightFab from left to right: Jens Gottmann (machines), Jürgen Ortmann (software & machine integration into production environment), and Martin Hermans (production of 3D precision parts)
The augmented reality manuals, developed by the photonics startup ioxp, are step-by-step instructions from the point of view of the worker. Content is created by filming a correct procedure during actual work processes. The system of our CODE_n finalist extracts all explanatory information and allows adjustments to be made in post-production. The result is a multimedia instruction and assistance system. The system also uses hand tracking to recognize if something is executed incorrectly and subsequently issues alerts. We’ve talked to Co-Founder Alexander Lemken about the details of his solution:
What is ioxp all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Alex: The ioxp system enables industrial workers to teach, learn and assist with the help of Augmented Reality. Using latest machine learning techniques and computer vision technology, our system understands new working procedure from video observation. A worker can use the system to get assistance or training for the procedure in the form of step-by-step instructions, for example shown as Augmented Reality an data glasses.
The idea was born at the DFKI (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence). The basic impulse behind the idea is the desire to bring newest technologies to areas where they most benefit. Our technology allows Augmented Reality to play an important role in industrial work processes and actively makes work easier for industrial workers. Our systems take Augmented Reality out of the show rooms and marketing sector and give it into the hands of industrial workers. More…
dynacrowd developed YOU OS to provide a core technology for location-based services needed in app development and the internet. It’s about matching users to micropages based on location, interests, time, gender, and age. Micropages provide multiple functions such as identifying people, groups, events, chats, votes, etc. It’s open to 3rd-party process integration. Revenues are generated through SaaS and PaaS, with options to enter into SDK licensing and micropayment integration for content and services. Want to find out more about the CODE_n CONTEST finalist? Read out interview with founder Christoph Dümmen:
What is dynacrowd all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Christoph: Communication is eating the world. It’s about getting in touch with things that matter. That’s why we founded dynacrowd to build a platform solution for hyperlocal instant connectivity, communication and interaction. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a human, device, service or a beacon no matter whether you want to chat or shop. That’s our vision. And we built the technology to do exactly that.
dynacrowd founder Christoph Dümmen
We saw, that there is no working solution for instant local communication. I’m convinced that just placing pointers on maps isn’t going to be it. Just the question “Which pin is relevant for me on this map?” highlights the limitations of that concept. We knew that we had to come up with a totally different approach to enable people to connect and communicate within their environment. That’s also why we developed the Wasabi Local Messenger Ecosystem as a scalable platform where people, communities and businesses can establish their communication, interaction and businesses’ needs. What is unique about our platform is that each piece of content is rated in realtime for each individual user based on multiple dimensions (e. g. distance, time, age, gender, interests, etc), and in doing that, we provide relevant data to the people instead of thousands of pins around. That makes discovery easy, relevant and fun. Which is really cool, new and contains a lot of business models. More…
CODE_n CONTEST finalist Hindsait has built an AI platform, which can extract clinical information from patient charts, enables machine learning from established guidelines and rules, and facilitates predictive scoring to enable consistent clinical decision-making. Hindsait has revolutionized the Prior Authorization process. We’ve talked to CEO Pinaki Dasgupta, who has told us more about the uniqueness of his innovation, the HealthTech sector and the vision for his startup.
What is Hindsait all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Pinaki: Hindsait is a leading Artificial Intelligence platform for better healthcare. Hindsait’s SaaS platform applies artificial intelligence to large healthcare datasets, helping payors and providers improve patient health at a much lower cost.
The word Hindsait was coined as a portmanteau of Hindsight and AI. As the name suggests, the simple idea behind Hindsait is to garner machine-enabled insights from historical clinical records that drives consistent decision-making eliminating human errors and biases.
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Pinaki: Unlike traditional business intelligence or predictive analytics companies, Hindsait’s uniqueness lies in its ability to string together an array of cognitive computing/AI technologies that has proven to prevent unnecessary health services, while demonstrating 5X+ Return on Investment (ROI).
Hindsait’s award winning AI SaaS platform’s Natural Language Processing (NLP) extracts context-sensitive clinical concepts from EMR, clinician’s notes- those are unstructured free texts. Its Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics technology enables learning from established guidelines, clinical necessity criteria, protocols and business rules that enables clinicians to make error-free, consistent clinical decisions. The SaaS platform is hosted on a secured HIPAA complaint Google Cloud Platform.
The Hindsait Team
Have you heard of the world’s first sensors that can detect sound by its ability to change the speed to light? No? Then read this interview with Dr. Balthasar Fischer, who is Managing Director of the startup XARION, which develops laser-based transducers for a worldwide market. With their sensors mentioned above, it is possible to get a perfectly linear frequency response and extremely broad frequency bandwith in both air and liquids. But let’s start at the beginning:
What is Xarion all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Balthasar: The idea dates back exactly 10 years. I was a Tonmeister (Sound Engineering) student at Vienna’s University of Music and dealing a lot with microphones. I thought: there is so much evolution in optical technologies, but the functional principle of microphones is roughly 100 years old and still the same. What about a new type of microphone, an optical microphone?
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Balthasar: We think that our solution is disruptive in the true meaning of the word. To date, every microphone and ultrasound transducer is based on a mechanically movable or deformable structure, leading to a limited performance. Our device – and this is the novelty – measures the change of the speed of light. No mechanical parts are involved. This can also be seen by our numerous patents issued in Europe, US, China, Korea and Japan. More…
AmbiGate, a spin-off of the university of Tubingen, is specialized in 3D sensor solutions. The team, compromising 3 founders and 6 professors, wants to disrupt the physical therapy market through a combination of innovative AI and sensor-motoric algorithms, 3D sensors, and a highly motivating treatment approach called ExerGame. The startup is also a CODE_n CONTEST finalist in the HealthTech cluster. We talked to Caroline Dabels, founder and CMO of AmbiGate, to find out more.
What is AmbiGate all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Caroline: AmbiGate develops innovative motion sensing solutions. Awarded by the federal ministry of economics was our product eReha – a video game-based exercise therapy for domestic and business environment, developed by AmbiGate. It can be used preventively, parallel to physiotherapy and for corporate healthcare programs. As an ExerGame, the system provides medical exercises in a virtual environment. A 3D sensor analyses the patient’s executions and locates false movements in real time. During the workout, innovative disease-specific parameters are measured and sent to the physiotherapist for a dynamic therapy adaptation and progress.
AmbiGate’s highly motivating treatment approach called ExerGame.
Our CODE_n CONTEST finalist Everledger is a leader in the real world application of blockchain technology. The FinTech startup develops and deploys innovative technological solutions to markets where provenance matters by creating an immutable digital footprint of items. Once items are registered on the blockchain, the records are permanent. This provides a clear audit trail for different parties to use throughout the supply chain in order to prove authenticity and reduce the risk of fraud. CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp told us more about her company:
What is Everledger all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Leanne: Everledger is a global, digital ledger that tracks and protects valuable items over their lifetime journey. By digitally certifying assets we can provide a clear audit trail to be used by various stakeholders throughout the supply chain process to guarantee transparency and protect against fraud, theft, crime and counterfeit activities.
Everledger is all about transparency. When blockchain first became available industry’s main focus was on the financial implications of the technology – international payments. But for me, given my background was not from banking or payments, it was clear that valuable items would be better protected on a digital platform where records were permanent and could not be altered like paper.
Ultimately we’re working to protect an object that relies on provenance to prove ownership, identity and authenticity. Provenance is key to ensuring goods are sourced ethically because, for instance, blood diamonds and counterfeits goods help fund terrorist activities globally. More…