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Advisory: Demo of futuristic gesture recognition wristband at SFU Surrey Feb. 7

February 06, 2018

Two SFU alumni, co-founders of BioInteractive Technologies, will demonstrate their innovation— TENZRTM, a futuristic, gesture recognition wristband—at SFU’s Surrey campus on Wednesday, February 7 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. The company has just been invited to fast-track the deployment of its product under the mentorship of top U.S. tech accelerator Techstars.

The device is already attracting interest from VR/AR, health and automotive industries and has been tested in NASA’s astronaut training facility’s VR labs in Texas.

Gestures can be used to control everything from robotic systems and home appliances to operating room medical equipment.

Lukas-Karim Merhi and Gautam Sadarangani spent the past week in orientation sessions at Techstars offices in Los Angeles (returning later today). Theirs is one of 10 international companies selected for the inaugural Techstars Anywhere program.

Merhi earlier worked with SFU engineering professor Carlo Menon to design a better ‘bionic hand’ for parathlete Danny Letain.

The demo will be held in SFU’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection space (SP290, directly above the Central City Pub), where the duo are also resident incubator clients.

• Interviews can also be arranged.


Demo of TENZRTM, a gesture recognition wristband being developed by Biointeractive Technologies, now part of the inaugural Techstars Anywhere program.


Wednesday, February 7, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.


SFU’s Surrey campus, 13450-102nd Avenue, SP 290, in SFU’s Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection space (take the stairway or elevator beside the entrance to Central City Brew Pub, north side of campus)


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