Lindera was founded in 2017 and is a Deep Tech company specializing in app-based 3D motion analyzes – patented and as a medical device.
Our initial driver was preventing falls in old age. But fall prevention without movement analyzes does not exist – this is how we got from the problem to the technology: 3D-Human pose estimation (computer vision) for everyone who has a smartphone. Lindera is now developing various AI solutions for the medical, care and lifestyle sectors – always with this technological 3D core.
It was clear from the start: We are all aging. There’s no way around that. We also can’t get around the shortage of skilled workers in medicine, nursing, and therapy. There is no mistaking that we need new solutions.
Founder Diana Heinrichs was driven by the question, “Why don’t we develop these solutions ourselves?” – to meet our expectations of data protection, ethics, and quality. And, above all, to meet our desire for simple, mobile applications that are available everywhere.
Falls in old age are one of the biggest unsolved issues of our time. We can’t just take a pill to prevent it. Followed by a femur fracture, they are often the beginning of the end. Treatment costs amount to billions and an increased need for care.
For doctors, the topic is solved quickly in theory because it’s been researched extensively: The risk of falling could be significantly reduced by analyzing the gait pattern paired with specific questions about psycho-social well-being. However, these analyzes are either enormously time-consuming, irregular, and subjective, or require costly gait labs with multiple camera systems and sensors. Only university hospitals have this equipment available with the space and specialist staff required.
This is how the idea for the app-based Lindera Mobility Analysis was born in 2017 – a gait lab in your pocket. It should work from Güstrow on the Baltic Sea to Sao Paulo on the South Atlantic.
Physicians nursing staff, and health insurance funds were enthusiastic. Renowned scientists laughed it off: 3D technology with a simple camera wasn’t possible.
But why not? Diana Heinrichs formulated the mathematical problem and contacted all the doctoral students in the fields of mathematics, statistics, and stochastics in northern Germany: We are looking for numeric specialists with a vast knowledge of stochastics.
That’s how the Lindera Data Science Team came about. It solved the problem. Namely in that AI achieves excellent results compared to the Gold Standard in measurement accuracy – for a fraction of the price and simply with a normal smartphone camera that we carry with us every day.
Just like Amazon first started as a bookseller, Lindera also learned that its AI doesn’t just prevent falls, but that there are many more fields of application.
Together with leading university hospitals and rehabilitation clinics, Lindera is currently developing solutions for orthopedics, neurology, geriatrics and rehabilitation and incorporating its AI as an SDK into digital workouts and therapy in order to automatically track, correct, and create training plans.
Lindera has one Team mission:
We push the limits of human motion in every phase of life to be painless, happy and healthy.