IFA iNternational 2019 DAY 4 Edition









Chris Mansfield

Head of Product at TwentyBN

Medisana is presenting new

connected products at IFA,

providing an interface between

medicine and modern lifestyles.

Marco Getz, Managing Director,

Medisana Gmbh, says that in the

field of personal health monitoring,

the devices are aimed at improving

mobility, flexibility, independence

and safety.

“Medisana is once again underlining

its expertise in the field of smart,

mobile product innovations,” he

said at the company’s IFA press

conference. “Our ‘connect’ segment

is still a major focus for our product

innovations. This is where we see

the ongoing development of our


Medisana’s Home Care Robot is

designed to be a digital companion

for everyday life. With a voice

command function, it is primarily

intended to give older people

uncomplicated access to digital

services, provide support and

help combat the social isolation

many can suffer. It provides

communication and entertainment,

and, thanks to its emergency

functions, it also ensures greater

safety for users and their relatives.

Marco Getz

Managing Director, Medisana

When integrated with the

Medisana VitaDock+ app it

serves as a platform for daily

health monitoring, reminding

users, for example, to take daily

measurements and, in conjunction

with Medisana’s connect devices,

providing ongoing monitoring of

vital signs such as blood pressure,

blood sugar, weight, activity,

temperature and blood oxygen.

Also launching are the new BS 500

connect wireless body analysis

scales and two new smartwatches:

the BPW 100 connect blood

pressure monitor and the

GlucoWatch connect for measuring

blood sugar.

Mr Getz added: “Every time users

weigh themselves, the scales

also measure heart rate because

the human heart rate in resting

position, the so-called resting

heart rate, gives an indication of a

person’s general fitness level”

Hall 6.1

Stand 103





Twenty Billion Neurons (twentybn)

says it’s building the next

generation of visually enabled and

interactive virtual assistants.

In a presentation at the IFA NEXT

Innovation Engine Programme,

in Hall 26 at IFA, Chris Mansfield,

Head of Product at twentybn,

showcased Millie, billed as the

world’s first AI avatar, a life-sized

intelligent assistant who can see,

understand and interact with users.

Mansfield said that at the core of

Millie’s intelligence is the company’s


technology, powered by twentybn’s

global video platform that collects

high-quality, annotated data for

deep learning.

Established four years ago,

twentybn collects and labels up to

50,000 video clips a day and has

amassed more than three million

videos to-date.

“Mille is the world’s first contextaware

AI avatar with in-house

vision and speech models that

respect people’s privacy,” Mansfield

said. “Mille is the critical step in our

vision to bring AI avatars into the


The first area that twentybn is

targeting for its avatars is fitness.

“Powered by our AI’s behavioural

understanding, Millie Fit gives

dynamic, guided workouts, instant

form-feedback on complex

movements, repetition counting

and effort-based scoring,”

Mansfield said.

During his presentation, Mansfield

played a video, which started with a

woman receiving an SMS message

from Mille that mentioned a Pilates

session that would start in five

minutes. The woman collects an

excercise mat, before being put

through her paces with help and

encouragement from Mille.

In the video, Millie said: “Lift your

right leg to the side, try to keep that

leg straight; on to lunges – don’t

quit now – three, two, one; put a

soft bend in your knees and fall

forward, don’t strain your neck too

much it should still be in line with

your spine”

Hall 26

Stand 114

www.ifa-international.org IFA International • Monday 9 September 2019


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