From artificial limbs to brain-boosting systems, these startups are developing tools to enhance human capabilities.
Plenty of startups are working towards achieving success by developing ideas and products that fit a defined market. But there are a number of private market companies that are pushing boundaries to develop world-changing technologies.
In our Game Changers report, we identified 36 startups within 8 categories of innovation poised to disrupt industries of today. Among these game-changing categories is advanced prosthetics, consisting of startups that are developing tools to augment the human body and mind.
We identified 4 startups in the space working on enhancing human capabilities — from the use of AI to augment human brainpower to the construction of replacement limbs. The top advanced prosthetics startups are Kernel, Kindred Systems, AlterG, and Sarcos. These companies are all in different stages of development with funding ranging from $10.5M to $100M.
Braintree founder Bryan Johnson announced a $100M investment into his startup Kernel, which will focus on hardware and software to augment human intelligence. Kernel is first planning a device for alleviating Alzheimer’s and dementia. But future iterations will focus on a neuroprosthesis for using AI to augment human brainpower.
Total Funding: $100M
Select Investors: Bryan Johnson
Founded by former co-founders and researchers of the quantum startup DWave, Kindred Systems is an AI-driven company working in human exoskeleton robotics. Kindred’s exo-suits supposedly allow one human worker to do the work of four.
Total Funding: $15M
Select Investors: Bloomberg Beta, Data Collective, Google Ventures
AlterG builds bionic leg attachments and anti-gravity treadmills, with the goal of hastening recovery times and improving mobility during physical rehabilitation as well as sports medicine during athletic training.
Total Funding: $21M
Select Investors: Astrolabe Ventures, Frog & Peach Investors, Funk Ventures
Sarcos produces dexterous human-operated robotic systems for use in unstructured environments. The company aims to expand their usage and reduce injury in the world’s most dangerous and difficult jobs, foreseeing traction in construction, manufacturing, mining, infrastructure inspection, logistics, and the military.
Total Funding: $10.5M
Select Investors: Caterpillar Ventures, Cottonwood Technology Fund, GE Ventures, Microsoft
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