Datarella People – Klaus Bscheid, Wearable Tech Entrepreneur

Michael Reuter

2 May 2014

Here's the transcript of this Datarella (DR) interview with Klaus Bscheid: DR Klaus, can you tell us a little bit about ambiotex Klaus Sure! ambiotex has developed a textile with integrated sensors. With these sensors we can track a genuine one-lead ECG. Based on that ECG we can extrapolate not only the pulse rate but a heart rate variability (HRV). At the same time we quantify the user's breathing rate as well as her breathing volume. Based on the analysis of the combination of these data we can draw many very interesting conclusions. In particular, we think that HRV analysis is useful for the regeneration of the human body, for insights into coping with stress, etc. DR Our textile is an undershirt, since it should be the very first layer being directly on your skin. You can wear this shirt during your sports activities as well as in your everyday life. So what do we do with all this body data? If it's a sportsman, we can tell him his regeneration level, i.e. we can tell him whether it makes sense to exercise or not. This is important since many athletes don't really know when to exercise and they might harm themselves. Additionally, we can tell the athlete on which level he should train: we know his individual aerobic threshold in realtime and can support him in planning and optimizing his workout. If you think of the overworked manager, we can tell him when it's too much for this day. DR That sounds as if I don't have to visit the doctor because my health is constantly tracked by my Ambiotech shirt. Being a technology company, how can you provide this kind of medical support - do you cooperate with experts in this field? Klaus In the first step, our product will not be positioned as a health(care) product, since we first have to gain experiences and to acquire the appropriate certificates. We think that we are able to track and analyze many health-related data. We certainly would not submit that we were able to detect an imminent heart attack, but that's definitely on our agenda. We want to enable the user to react on corresponding signals. For the time being, our goal ist to provide our users with feedback on data he isn't aware of. After all, that's the goal of the Quantified Self: to get permanent feedback on my body's functions. I don't have to react, but I can react. This said, it's important to provide the user with the appropriate analyses - since he won't be able to interprete the 5 heart rate variability variables by himself. Here we are working with algorithms enabling meaningful analyses of these data. DR Klaus, you're pretty deep into that topic self-tracking and yet, you don't wear a wristband or a smart watch. Do you track yourself at all? Klaus Sure - I have tested some of these wristbands. And for some time, I liked it pretty much. But, after a while, I got bored by these wristbands. Also, I tested some smart watches. But I haven't found the right one for me - still waiting for that one...  But, I'm pretty sure that there's a bright future for smart watches which cover a broad spectrum of quantifying and analyzing. However, we see that you have to collect certain parameters from your body directly and that's our focus. DR Thank you very much, Klaus! Klaus Thank you! [Please note: ambiotex is in test mode and will be launched summer 2014]