In 2001, Rich’s son was born 12 weeks premature. He spent 10 weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit and was monitored 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When it was time for him to leave the intensive care unit, he was sent home with an infant apnea monitor, a device with three wires that attached to him and sounded an alarm when his breathing or heart rate became too low or too high. Unfortunately, the device had many false alarms and Rich and his wife stopped using the device and slept in 4 hour shifts taking turns watching their son breathe. Rich told his friend Steve about his frustration with existing wired health monitors and challenged Steve to come up with a better solution. It was a tough challenge. Steve talked with a lot of engineers who said he couldn’t build a touch free health monitor and get enough accuracy to be meaningful. Steve loves to prove people wrong.
Fast forward to 2006. Steve and his good friend Jim Williams, legendary analog circuit designer and former MIT professor, discussed a project Jim worked on at MIT. Jim’s team wanted to build a highly sensitive scale. However, the movements of blood flow through the body made his measurements inaccurate. A light bulb went off in Steve’s head. Using a similar approach to Jim’s scale, Steve could measure the vibrations from blood flow and lung expansion to create a vital statistics sensor. Later that year, Steve and Rich formed BAM Labs (BAM is an acronym for Body and Motion) with the mission to provide touch free health monitoring that everyone can afford. Four years later with the help of a talented team and advice from world renowned experts in the medical and electronics field, BAM Labs completed development of a revolutionary health monitor and cloud monitoring platform that is effortless to use and a fraction of the cost of existing vital statistics monitors. And to prove the doubters wrong, Steve designed the BAM Labs TLC Smart Bed Platform to be completely touch-free to provide a bit of magic and exceed our customer’s expectations.