How does it feel to save lives?
Some of us, due to numerous circumstances, starting from car accidents to DNA tendencies get in some serious life-changing troubles. It’s very difficult for me to start off this post because I can’t even imagine to get enclosed in my own body and not be able to do anything like I used to. Not even communicate. Yet, there is a miracle available – one that save lives.
Welcome to the first ever interview with a Polish entrepreneur, Bartosz Kunka. He’s one of the founders of AssisTech. A medical startup from Gdańsk who created the C-Eye and a series of devices and applications to help disabled people with one of the most fundamental skills (or privileges) that any human has, and that is communications. The team truly save lives in my opinion. How would you call it when someone would give you back something that you have ultimately lost.
Technology solves man problems nowadays, but we just need to be open to test the inventions and stay open-minded. I encourage you to share this interview with the world, as there are many people who seriously need help of this sort.
What’s in the episode?
- How to quit your job and make some serious impact?
- Is it possible to turn an educational project turned into a successfully company?
- Bootstrapping a startup.
- What are the main difficulties when developing a medical product?
- How does it feel to be fully conscious and still not able to move and control your body?
- What is eye tracking and how does it work?
Most valuable Q/A
Let’s talk about your patients then, your customers, people who actually use the product. I wrote down this question because I’m really curious on my own: what are the first words or messages that people communicate? When they were forced to remain silent for many years or a long time after an accident or maybe after they got enclosed in their body, let’s say. What is it that they communicate with their relatives, with the doctors, what is it that they say?
Yes, so these expressions are, of course, related to the state of the patients, but generally, I can say that the meaning of first words of our patients is that they ask the relatives, the therapist for normal, simple things that are used by healthy people, like us.
So for example, first of all, they don’t want to be treated like children because when an adult patient is experienced by some disability and is physically disabled, all people treat these adults like a child. So for them, when their consciousness level is high and understanding is practically normal, it’s very frustrating for them, because, very often they were serious people in the society, they have their own families they have wives, husbands, they have children and right now, after the accident, people around them treat them like children, so it’s very, very frustrating for them, so the first words are:
“Please don’t treat me like a child.”
Next things are also very simple; they ask for a Cola and now they would like to, you know, just taste it, or for example they can also ask for new clothes. It’s very important, especially for women, the lack of new clothes, it’s also very frustrating. They would like to feel as normal as it is possible. Very often they accepted their state, their actual state. What is also very important, I think, because some people who read this interview or who hear this interview could expect this question: until now, nobody asked for euthanasia or death, so our patients, despite such difficult situation in their life, want to live, they don’t want to die. But generally, the first words are concentrated on very simple things from our normal activities.
There’s obviously plenty going on behind the scenes of every recording. I’ve seen C-Eye, and I’ve used it. The possibilities are endless, not only limited to rehabilitation of disabled patients. It’s actually quite funny because I remember using the prototype of this device (C-Eye) during my uni-times and one of the technology labs. The system is dramatically better now, it’s been commercialised and it helps whole families to go through some seriously difficult times. Although similar devices exist in the market and eye tracking is a known technology, it’s more about the disruption and innovative use cases for technology that drive real change in the world. Congratulations Bartosz, congratulations AssisTech.
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Transcript: Amelia Stańczyk, Mariusz Czachorowski