Entrepreneur Justin Tan’s business idea was sparked by a very serious situation. On a flight from New York to Paris, his father, a respected physician, suffered a stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body.
Tan believed that technology could help in the rehabilitation efforts, and after researching the issue came up with the idea for Jintronix.
Started in Montreal two years ago, the company is now relocating to Seattle where it has scored an undisclosed amount of funding from Madrona Venture Group and other angel investors. The company should feel at home in Seattle.
After all, it was one of the inaugural members of the Kinect Accelerator incubator program that Microsoft hosted earlier this year. Using the Kinect, Jintronix looks to help get patients suffering from brain injuries back on the recovery path.
Here’s a description of how it works:
The software creates a feedback loop between a patient performing rehabilitation exercises remotely and a physical therapist. The physical therapist can monitor the patient’s performance data collected via the camera, and based on that data, prescribe subsequent “gamified” exercises that are tailored to the patient’s individual recovery needs.
Here’s an overview of the company:
Previously on GeekWire: Inside the Kinect Accelerator: Startups camp out at Microsoft in pursuit of next big thing