Presenting Health Incubator Helsinki batch 4 companies:
Finnish startup Ai2Ai on a mission to revolutionise digital interaction
Increased screen time comes with a significant mental and physical cost for people and societies. Ai2Ai from Finland has a mission to revolutionise digital interaction with active, screenless, and intuitive experiences. And what’s more: Any business can digitalise their service in minutes for the Ai2Ai platform. The startup is one of the companies chosen for the Health Incubator Helsinki 2023 programme.
Digitalisation has revolutionised society in the last decades but this comes at the cost of a sedentary lifestyle. In Europe alone, this costs an estimated 80+ billion euros per year — a mental and physical cost many discovered during the coronavirus lockdowns. Helsinki- and Turku-based Ai2Ai is an ambitious company that aims to change this with the development of the PALL0 smart ball and its novel and active screenless interface.
“We want to get people to interact and move for a minimum of 20 minutes per day, by rewarding movements and person-to-person interactions. To achieve this we offer gamification technology to our B2B client network, giving analog health service companies the ability to digitalise their services for their customers,” Ai2Ai founder Henrik Terävä says.
We want to get people to move for a minimum of 20 minutes per day.
PALL0 is novel platform for active interaction
Ai2Ai’s PALL0 is an advanced smart ball packed with motion and environmental sensing, audio, and haptic sensors that allow for intuitive, screenless digital interaction.
“We wanted to develop technology which has an inherent positive expected value for your wellbeing – the more you use it, the better it is for you,” Terävä says.
But Ai2Ai hasn’t just developed the PALL0 smart ball itself, they are also creating a platform where any developer can create apps for the PALL0. And thanks to generative AI models, you won’t even need to know how to code.
Founder Harry Choreus elaborates: “With PALL0, any business can come up with an idea to digitalise their service in minutes instead of long and expensive development times. Our programming environment enables businesses to develop and test new service ideas immediately.”
“In the same way that you have Google Play and AppStore for phones, in the future you would have an app store for PALL0 where you will find different apps for action and interaction.”
Any business can digitalise their service in minutes instead of long and expensive development times.
Versatile team taking things forward
Ai2Ai founders Henrik Terävä, with a background in technical hardware and software, and Harry Choreus, a movie director and visual storyteller, met in Asia ten years ago. At the time they noticed how everyone seemed attached to their screens, and speculated on the negative impact on themselves and their families, starting the seed of the idea for Ai2Ai. With the addition of Riku Klén as an AI expert and Timo Soukka as a hardware specialist rounding out the technical expertise, the versatility of the team has enabled their successes with the PALL0 pilot so far.
“Now we want to go even further with a more mature version of PALL0. We joined Health Incubator Helsinki because we believe it will take us to the core of the health and wellness community, helping us to quickly find the best partners, customers, and investors.”
Ai2Ai core team from left: Riku Klén, Henrik Terävä, Harry Choreus, and Timo Soukka
Clinical trial on reducing rehabilitation time from stroke
Following the pilot test of PALL0 beta and an early bird presale that completely sold out, Terävä and the rest of the team are further developing the app platform and use cases with partners. One exciting use case is a clinical trial on reducing rehabilitation time for stroke patients, in cooperation with the largest rehabilitation hospital in Norway.
PALL0 allows patients to do exercises anywhere, at any time by speaking instructions to the patient and measuring compressive force, lift height of the hand, and walking distance. It also provides positive feedback by showing happy emotions when exercises are done on time and correctly.
One exciting use case is a clinical trial on reducing rehabilitation time for stroke patients at Norway’s largest rehabilitation hospital.
Calling for innovators and investors
Engaging training programs like the stroke rehabilitation project can be easily customised based on individual user or customer needs, and Ai2Ai is looking for more health and wellness service company innovators to develop extraordinary apps for PALL0.
The startup has raised 800,000 euros in funding and is now looking for new investors for the second testing phase and market launch. Get in contact if you want to be a part of the future of digital interaction!
Text: Lea Urpa, ClariSci Oy