Author: Lindsay Hand


MEET VI WHY? Imagine working out with a personal trainer…without actually having to go to a fitness center or gym or interact with someone else. Vi is the new AI that could be the most personal training coach you ever work with. With the special headset, Vi talks to you throughout your workout to help you focus and maintain good exercise habits. Vi tracks your heart rate and other data and stores it in the connected app, making it easier to keep track of workouts and top personal bests. There is no doubt Vi is just the beginning of what fitness...

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Dr. Justin Barad

MEET DR. JUSTIN BARAD WHY? New technologies are helping prepare surgeons long before they step into the operating room. Dr. Justin Barad, an orthopaedic surgeon, discovered one of the most pressing medical challenges facing healthcare professionals: how to train surgeons. Originally planning to be a game developer, Dr. Barad saw an opportunity to combine both this passion for technology and his interest in medicine. This led to the creation of Osso VR, a Palo Alto-based surgical training platform that provides realistic interactions in an immersive training environment. More and more, there is less time, more to learn, and not...

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Nancy Lublin

MEET NANCY LUBLIN WHY? Dealing with crises and having difficult conversations are things all employees and companies deal with. Nancy Lublin, founder of Crisis Text Line and, is using technology to help. Crisis Text Line is a nonprofit that provides emotional support through texting. The company has used machine learning to track patterns and see what kind of support messaging works best, which has seen remarkable results. Lublin is now working to incorporate those findings into software – – to help organizations train employees for difficult conversations through AI-based empathy lessons. Right now more than ever it...

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MEET LARK WHY? Living with diabetes isn’t easy, but having someone (or something) to talk you through it could help. Meet Lark, the app that leverages AI as a coach to help you manage and work through diabetes, weight loss, and other things, depending on what you need it for. Lark has proven very effective in helping manage diabetes as well as in developing healthy life habits. Just share your goals and needs, and talk with Lark when prompted. Will more companies take after Lark and start utilizing AI and apps to make healthcare easier and more accessible? Here’s...

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MEET PERCH WHY? Hospitals and healthcare aren’t the only places new technology is changing the game. Perch is the new fitness tech that tracks exercise and movements and provides feedback, in addition to data that can be sent to coaches or trainers. Perch uses cameras to track just about everything, including things like dumbbells. With a tablet built onto the rack and facial recognition, Perch is making it easier than ever to track workouts, create new workouts, and understand movement and abilities. What do you think: if Perch was at your gym, would you use it? Speaking on the...

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