The goal is to promote healthier lifestyles, as well as helping optimize athletic performance.
Last year, The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) announced the launch of STEX25, a start-up accelerator that encourages collaboration between MIT-connected start-ups and member companies of ILP.
Many of the start-ups that participate in the program are focused on fostering innovation within areas like fitness and science. The goal is to promote healthier lifestyles, as well as helping optimize athletic performance, as MIT explained in a recent publication.
For example, some of the products offered by the start-ups include a chair that fights back pain and diabetes, as well as a sleeve that monitors muscle-movement data that users can share in the cloud. Another interesting invention is a wristband that tracks blood oxygen levels for greater performance. Also, one of the projects wants to create an anti-aging pill.
This summer the MIT Office Corporate Relations (OCR) and the MIT Startup Exchange (STEX) program hosted a workshop that brought together some of the entrepreneurs working on these projects. Apart from that, experts in the industry came to meet the innovators and discuss possible business opportunities.
“Fitness, wellness, and nutrition are very exciting areas, and MIT founders are very active in the space.”, said Trond Undheim, who directs STEX and is the organizer of the event.
One of the presenters, CEO of smart-chain start-up Robilis, and a researcher in the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT said that the event was a good way to connect with potential stakeholders.
Robilis makes patented back-pain-free chairs and its name is a combination word between “Homo Habilis” and “Robot” meaning “The Humans that utilize the robots.”
This is only one out of about 1,200 MIT-affiliated start-ups. It is interesting to see how they will contribute to new technologies intended for the sectors of fitness and science. For more information about MIT`s accelerator and what they do, please visit their website.