Dima Gazda is the co-founder and CEO of an AI startup Esper Bionicsa team that aims to unleash human capacity by creating technologies that can eliminate disease, give humans additional abilities, and ultimately fulfill and extend the lives of billions of people around the world.
What initially attracted you to the medical field?
Frankly, becoming a doctor was not a conscious choice. When she was 17 years old, she had no idea where to go and what to do next. I grew up in a family of doctors, which meant that the medical field was a bit more family-friendly than other fields. That’s how I chose it. But it wasn’t until my sophomore year that I made a conscious decision to devote all my time to studying medicine.
Ultimately, I stayed in medical school because it is the best school of life and death, where it touches people’s lives and fates, and where they face difficult decisions and challenges. If you add science to this mix, you get very interesting and fulfilling years.
Initially, he began to think about prosthetics after assisting in a surgical operation in Finland. Could you share this moment and why it was so pivotal?
Let me give you a bit of context.
At Esper Bionics, we see prosthetics as the gateway to augmenting humanity and helping make the lives of billions longer and more fulfilling. When we were researching human augmentation technologies in 2017, Facebook suddenly suggested befriending a girl amputee whom I first met in 2006. She lost her hand in a car accident. Although she was originally from the Ukraine, like me, we met in Finland. Seeing it on Facebook eleven years later made me think about prosthetics and directed our research towards this field.
So how did you make the transition to the launch of Esper Bionics?
As I mentioned earlier, our research led us to the prosthetics industry. We saw this field as the birthplace of the technology stack needed to introduce the most important technology of decades to come: electronic implants. Electronic implants require large portable devices to charge and transfer data, and prosthetics are ideal for this.
With this in mind, I co-founded Esper in 2019. At that time, I was already a serial entrepreneur with three international companies under my belt.
Can you discuss what is Esper Hand?
Of course. ranked among TIME’s Best Inventions 2022our wait hand is an AI-powered, self-learning robotic hand and an important part of our data-driven bionic ecosystem, the first ecosystem of its kind on the market. The prosthesis is designed to be controlled like a biological human hand. we can customize its functionality to the needs and lifestyle of a particular user. That’s where we use machine learning Algorithms “Learn” user behavior, predict their the desired movements and make it possible to change the grips intuitively.
The hand is among the lightest bionic hands, is waterproof and has a modular design. It also has three times faster control than similar prosthetics. I am proud to share that the Esper Hand has been praised for its beautiful minimalist anatomical design. has won the The best of the best 2022 Red Dot Award, one of the largest design competitions in the world, and has become a finalist at Fast Company’s 2022 Design Innovation Awards.
Esper Control is another innovative technology that is being developed. Could you describe what it is and how it works?
Esper Control is a non-invasive electromyography-based brain-computer interface. Essentially, it’s a system of non-invasive muscle sensors that detect muscle activation within the user’s hand and signal the robotic prosthesis to move in a particular way.
What are the benefits of this brain-machine interface approach versus a Neuralink-type approach?
In our case, you don’t need to insert any device inside your brain, not even under your skin.
What are some of the ways machine learning is being used with Esper products?
We use machine learning algorithms primarily as part of our cloud-based Esper platform. The platform It constantly collects data from all of Esper Control’s sensors to analyze how each user uses the robotic prosthesis. It regularly updates the hand control algorithms so that the next time you are in a similar situation, the user’s preferred grip has higher priority. In other words, thanks to esper platform machine learning algorithms, the hand “learns” and adapts to the behavior of the user and moves in an increasingly intuitive way.
Could you share the vision of the company behind creating the largest connected community of large handheld device users in the world?
Of course. But let me take a step back to give you more context.
Esper Bionics was founded in 2019 with a clear vision that electronics inside the human body, ie electronic implants, will become the most important technology of the future. This technology will give humans additional abilities, eliminate many diseases, and help billions of people live longer, more fulfilling lives in a diverse world.
As founders, we believe that many types of implants will emerge in the large wearable device community, as they make excellent chargers, data receivers, and processors for electronic implants.
That’s why we’re building the world’s largest connected community of great handheld device users. Since the prosthetics industry is the core of this community, we are starting to improve it. By incorporating multifunctional self-learning assistive devices of a completely new architecture based on the use of AI and data, we can improve the lives of millions of people in the nearest future and unlock technologies to help billions of people later.
Is there anything else you would like to share about Esper Bionics?
Yes, I would like to emphasize that we have created something much bigger than an AI-powered multifunctional prosthetic hand.
We have built the first data-driven bionic ecosystem of its kind which currently consists of a software-driven robotic hand prosthesis, a cloud-based platform that uses machine learning algorithms to enhance and personalize control of the prosthesis, and a non-invasive system of muscle action detectors that can translate signals from the user’s brain on the movements of the robotic hand.
We will continue to expand the range of our products to improve the lives of even more amputees, create the largest community of users of large portable devices, and ultimately help billions of people through the introduction of electronic implants.
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