After an accident that left him quadriplegic, the physicist Vance Bergeron decided to devote his research to functional electrical stimulation with the help of his former doctoral student Amine Metani. It is based on a technology that uses electromagnetic fields to stimulate specific areas of muscles. The two researchers jointly created the start-up company Circles which develops innovative solutions to make it possible for people with disabilities to resume a sporting activity. They designed the first universal electric stimulation bicycle, which can be adjusted to different types of disabilities, and opened the first gym for people with motor disabilities.
Their goal is now to simplify the implementation of electrical muscle stimulation to adapt it to different applications, like smart sports clothing.