When Kinetisense first developed their biomedical motion capture technology, they were almost certain they would have to leave Canada’s sunniest city for a more established technology center.
But as the company tapped into Medicine Hat’s business community, it became increasingly clear that when it comes to growing a global technology company, there was significant international business expertise within city limits.
“It has come to the point now where we can’t afford to leave,” says Dr. Ryan Comeau, Kinetisense co-founder and CEO. “We’ve built our business here, and we don’t plan on going anywhere anytime soon.”
Early on, Kinetisense connected with APEX, Southeast Alberta’s Regional Innovation Network, for advice and guidance.
From there, the company was referred to Alberta Innovates Technology Futures and the National Research Council Industrial Research Assistance Program for assistance developing and patenting their software solution.
Also in the early days, Kinetisense won second prize of $50,000 in the Intel RealSense 3D App Challenge. Upon awarding the prize money, Intel said, “This practical application of human-computer interaction is an impressive example of how technology can make lives better.”
“These programs were huge for us,” says Dr. Comeau. “They allowed us to build the company while keeping costs down.”
As one of Western Canada’s most affordable cities, Medicine Hat offers companies like Kinetisense the opportunity to invest in product and market development, as opposed to rent.
With a focus on product innovation, Kinetisense has developed a full suite of software solutions that use the Microsoft Kinect V2 camera.
“We started with chiropractors and physiotherapists in mind,” says Comeau. “But we have since branched into solutions for the fitness and geriatric industries.”
From their base in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Kinetisense has become recognized as a world-leader in 3D motion-capture technology, with a growing customer base around the world in Canada, the United States, Europe and China.