Openwater’s breakthrough portable MRI could get around smartphone pricing. They will need improved AI so that reading of the MRI image does not require thousands of dollars in training.
Openwater is creating MRI-resolution wearables that leverage consumer electronics manufacturing facilities and techniques with a physics breakthrough based on a now half-century-old technique, mostly forgotten, and re-invented every decade or so by a group that didn’t know about the previous go-arounds. They figured out how to build this half-century-old physical principle into consumer electronic devices that can be made in the world’s high volume manufacturing facilities and also leverage the awesome compute power and AI methods we have at our fingertips today.
The result can drive the size and cost of the best medical imaging systems down to consumer electronic prices. They will not guarantee the first systems that they ship hit smartphone pricing; in our first products they may choose to cover development and amortization expenses. Yet at volume production, they see no reason why they can not achieve consumer electronics pricing. As the systems evolve they can ultimately both read (image) and write (perform surgery, ablate, provide targeted therapy, accelerate drug testing, etc) to specific areas of the body or scan the entire body. And beyond.
The very same systems can be used to read thoughts and pull the images that you are thinking of, the words that you are about to say, and whether you are really listening to what I’m saying or no. This has been shown for the past 5 years by dozens of research groups using fMRI machines to do this. These fMRI machines image 10 cubic mm voxels of oxygen use in the brain to achieve these results. Openwater systems can go well beyond this.
Openwater is a moonshot to telepathy; to reading and writing thoughts and connecting our minds directly to each other and to our computer networks. Our approach is incremental – we are enabling a suite of products along the way towards our moonshot that can be transformational in healthcare.
Some of the best diagnostic tools in healthcare are the multi-million dollar MRI, PET and CT scanners that can see inside of our bodies at high resolution. They diagnose conditions, more accurately than was possible before, earlier than possible before, and save millions of lives.
At Openwater, theyare transforming diagnostic imaging tools to make them widely available and portable. The portability together with low cost enable something not yet possible – continuous monitoring of the body with high-resolution images of our insides. We are working to provide high-resolution continuous imaging systems that leapfrog the room-size multi-million dollar systems of today and can be deployed in homes, ambulances, doctor’s offices, and throughout the developing world. That means better, faster and cheaper – lowering the cost from millions of dollars to consumer electronics levels all in the size of a portable.
They are creating a wearable with the resolution of a multi-million dollar MRI system that can fit into a ski hat, a bandage, or a piece of clothing. This could enable diagnosis of all kinds of conditions from cancers, to clogged arteries, to internal bleeding to never-before-possible monitoring of brain diseases – from mental diseases to neurodegenerative diseases that currently disable approximately one billion people globally and account for together, by far, the highest healthcare expenditure in the world. Non-invasive continuous monitoring of neurological conditions can enable better care, better therapy, the ability to titrate therapy or localize therapy and will likely help us better understand and someday cure mental diseases and neurodegenerative diseases.