Music Innovator Expands to Smart Fabrics
Keith McMillen the Founder and CEO of BeBop Sensors, in Berkeley, California joins Enterprise Radio. The company uses smart fabrics to create sensor solutions for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). BeBop’s technology is proven with over a million sensors in daily use.
Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guest Keith McMillen discuss the following:
- You are an entrepreneur who has founded several companies. Tell us about your innovations and what has made your companies successful.
- You say that BeBop Sensors makes things knowable for product designers and visionaries. What does “make things knowable” mean?
- How are BeBop’s fabric sensors different than others?
- What do you see as the future for this technology?
- What advice can you give to an innovator/entrerpreneur just starting out regarding how to convert an idea to reality?
Prior to starting BeBop Sensors, founder & CEO, Keith McMillen, developed and sold two companies in his 30+ years as an innovator in the sensor and audio market.
Zeta Music revolutionized stringed instruments and was sold to Gibson Guitars in 1992. Octiv, started in 2000, received funding from 3i and Intel Capital and was sold to Plantronics (NYSE:PLT) in 2005.
Today McMillen runs two companies. Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) develops innovative hardware and software technologies, allowing musicians to interface with computers in exciting new ways and brings new dimensions of expression and control to their performances.
He also leads BeBop Sensors, which uses smart fabrics to create sensor solutions for OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). BeBop is believed to be the only company providing smart fabric sensors that can measure physical changes, which is different from other sensors that measure only physiological changes, such as heart rate and respiration. BeBop’s technology is being used in the sports, fitness, medical, and automotive industries.
McMillen is the inventor on numerous patents, has released hundreds of profitable products and published dozens of scholarly papers, as well as winning a Guthman Award in 2010, and Frost & Sullivan’s 2015 Innovation Award for BeBop’s innovative smart fabric sensor technology.