The aging population of the world is larger than ever before and growing. Yet, the ailments of old age may become a thing of the past due to the rise in groundbreaking technology.

Alleviating Loneliness 

Intuition Robotics redefines the relationship between humans and machines. The company’s cognitive AI platform enables devices to become context- aware, proactive, personalized and adaptive. Their first product, ElliQ, is an award-winning social robot for the elderly that encourages an active and engaged lifestyle. 

Treating Alzheimer’s 

INSIGHTEC develops tech that uses sound waves to ablate deep brain tissue (see page 23). Together with WVU’s Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, a new breakthrough clinical trial for Alzheimer’s is underway. Ultrasound waves are used to temporarily open up the blood brain barrier, to potentially facilitate the clearing of the plaques. 

Detecting Falls 

Celeno develops innovative Wi-Fi solutions that turn the home router into a Doppler imaging sensor (or simply put, a radar). It can accurately detect falls behind walls and closed doors, eliminating the need for privacy concerns of cameras. 

Combating Strokes 

BrainQ helps stroke patients get back on their feet. Its medical device identifies spectral patterns in brain waves and translates them into a non-invasive, low intensity electromagnetic treatment that facilitates neuro-connectivity and enhances recovery. 

Restoring Mobility 

UPnRIDE develops an all-terrain electric wheelchair that enables stable standing and mobilityfor handicapped individuals (see page 9). Advancements in telehealth will dramatically reduce visits to physicians. TytoCare transforms primary care by connecting people to clinicians with remote tools to provide home examination and diagnosis solutions. Global Kinetics develops a wrist-worn sensor that automatically records movement data to assist doctors in the diagnosis and treatment of movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease. 

This article is an excerpt from OurCrowd’s Q1 Innovation Insider. Download it here.

About the Author 

Betina Tabah, PhD, Life Sciences Lead, Business Development Manager at OurCrowd

Photo provided by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division