WWTO July 2014: Bionik Laboratories ARKE Exoskeleton, eSight, SENSIMAT & Lynxio

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The potential of wearable technology to augment our physical capabilities is powerful. We are already seeing wearable robotics or exoskeletons offering paraplegics and people who use wheelchairs the ability to walk, smart glasses enabling the visually impaired to actually see and other devices facilitating improvements in health and healing.

Our July event explores this augmentation with some game-changing companies in this space including Bionik Laboratories (The ARKE Exoskeleton), eSight Eyewear, SENSIMAT, Lynxio and Sensassure.

About the Tech

Bionik Laboratories (http://www.bioniklabs.com/) was created to reinvent the standards of biomechatronics using creativity and uniquely advanced healthcare solutions for persons with restricted physical mobility. The company has grown quickly since their first concept, which was the world’s first brain controlled prosthetic device. Media and industry response to the duo’s artificial arm only sparked further innovation leading to Bionik’s first product that will go to market, the much anticipated Arke™ exoskeleton.

eSight (http://www.esighteyewear.com/) is digital eyewear that enables people with low vision or legal blindness to actually see. Looking much like fit-over sunglasses, eSight eyewear uses an advanced, high-resolution video camera to capture what the wearer is looking at and delivers those video images to a controller with a highly sophisticated computer. The images are processed and then in real-time, projected onto two LED screens inside the eSight eyewear. In this way, eSight provides as near-normal vision as one’s condition allows.

SENSIMAT (http://www.sensimatsystems.com/) for Wheelchairs is the first and only active, intelligent pressure management tool that can be used in combination with existing wheelchair cushions. The SENSIMAT for Wheelchairs has been validated with wheelchair users at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. It has also been tested at several other healthcare institutions including an advanced rehabilitation facility, a nursing simulation hospital, a spinal cord injury model center, an acute care facility, and many community-based wheelchair users.

Lynxio (http://www.lynxio.com/) the digital knee brace that helps you heal by managing your recovery, visualizing progress and linking you to your physiotherapist. Lynxio is a fully integrated electronic physiotherapy system that can be used to gather raw data from the body. It works as a mobile application in combination with a knee brace with embedded electronics. The application provides physiotherapy patients with their exercise routines, progress reports, therapists notes, and information on specific exercises. The data gathered from the movements and is then used to improve therapy results and reduce recovery time.

Sensassure (http://www.sensassure.com/) is the only disposable incontinence tool that provides continuous monitoring on any commercial brief. Our sensors measure the brief's moisture threshold, relay this information to a reusable transmission device, and integrate seamlessly into the nurses' workflow.


• 6:30: Doors Open

• 7:00: Opening Remarks - Tom Emrich

• 7:05-7:15PM: Bionik Laboratories presentation of The ARKE lower body exoskeleton - Peter Bloch, CEO

• 7:15-7:35PM: Presentations by SENSIMAT, Lynxio and eSight

• 7:35-8:00: Panel discussion on wearables augmenting our physical capabilities

• SENSIMAT - David Mravyan, Co-founder and CEO

• Lynxio - Michael Vaughan, Co-founder and product designer

• eSight Eyewear - Taylor West, Director of Mktg and Communications

• 8:00-8:05: Lightning Presentation: Sensassure

• 8:05-8:10: Updates from the Community

• 8:10-10:00PM: Social & Hands-on with Tech: SENSIMAT, eSight, Sensassure and Lynxio including food and open bar

**UPDATE** We are excited to announce that Hot Pop Factory and Brizi will be joining us in the demo area for this event. Hot Pop Factory (http://www.hotpopfactory.com/) is a design studio that specializes in the creative application of digital fabrication techniques like 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC machining. And Brizi (http://www.flybrizi.com/) is an intelligent blimp that engages the crowd on its guided flight path, allowing anyone to capture or follow live photos and videos from above.

Paid parking is available in the parking garage which can be accessed off of Elizabeth Street. Accessible parking is available on P1. If you require assistance registering or while at this event please contact Tom Emrich at [masked]. Assistive Listening devices will be available for this session upon request at the registration table.

A big thanks goes out to our sponsors for helping to make this event happen.

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