Her smart wearable sensors monitor human performance and health. The innovation is aimed at helping companies detect if one of their employees has symptoms that may be a risk of health, COVID-19 being one of them.
The Cape Town based sport biotech company, 3DIMO, has been working towards launching a smart-wearable that will monitor body temperature, heart-rate and fatigue levels or stress levels so that it gets actionable statistics that can easily help, especially companies detect if one of their employees as symptoms that may be have health risks.
With a special focus on sport, the company wants to help sports clubs educe the financial losses due to injuries, and reduce athlete injury rehabilitation. The data insight that 3DIMO collects is able to get and model could help in having tailor-made insurance plans for elite sport athletes.
3DIMO is provides actionable data insights to predict and prevent sport injury risk through the development smart hardware and interactive sport data visualization software, giving real-time insights on athlete performance and helping clubs with business and technical intelligence to optimize performance and reduce injury risk.
The company’s founder, Nneile Nkholise, says although her company has been affected by the
COVID-19 pandemic because sports team had to go into lock down to help flatten the curve on new infections, she believes that the best of entrepreneurs are not those with a high intellectual quotient but those with a high adversity quotient to thrive through turbulent times.
She was an ambassador of the presidency as one of the community of young people that would be
activist of the National Development Plan of 2030.
The Thaba Nchu born entrepreneur was also recognized by the World Economic Forum as the
top female innovator in Africa in 2016.
Nneile launched her career in 2011 as a mechanical engineer at the Free State’s Public
Works Department, before founding iMed Tech in 2015. Her work at iMed Tech in CAD and
additive manufacturing in breast prosthesis earned Nkholise several awards, including
Forbes 30 Under 30 and the presidential award for Science, Innovation and Technology at the
South African Youth Awards in 2017.
“I started 3DIMO from the lessons I learnt from my previous startup and from my experience of working in sport and playing basketball,” she explains.
She started 3DIMO with an idea to create pre-surgical planning models (which were
either digital or 3d printed) to support Orthopedic surgeons with surgery planning to
help speed up surgery time, reduce cost of surgery and also increase accuracy of surgery.
Her company partnered with some few Orthopedic surgeons to help with pre-surgical
models, and it was while doing this work that she picked up that professional sports athletes
left their injuries until too late.
“They would incur a minor injury and ignore it and still play with the injury for a prolonged
time until the injury affects a large region of the body and becomes very severe,” she explains.
It was at this point that the idea to create injury sensing wearable software to predict in real
time injury risk potential.
From her own experience she took a step further and added features in the product that allow them to predict performance targets of athletes based on the sport they play, position, physical attributes.