Future-Shape GmbH has many years of experience in science of materials, smart textiles, capacitive sensor technology, radio systems and integration in home automation, alarm and nurse call systems. Through smart analysis algorithms, it is possible to extract consistant and significant activity profiles and gait patterns from high resolution SensFloor data. The lare-area SensFloor offers a whole range of possible applications in the fileds of care, rehabilitation, retail, security and multimedia.

Future-Shape GmbH was created in 2005 by Christl Lauterbach. The company is privately owned and fully independent with no outside participation.

Future-Shape has already been awarded twice (2017 & 2012)  the Federal Prize for outstanding innovative achievements by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy for its SensFloor system.

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Satisfied customers are important to us. This is the reason why we work according to internationally recognized quality management principles and have been ISO 9001:2015 certified since November 2018.

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Future-Shape Management

Christl Lauterbach

Founder and CEO


  • Founder and Managing Director of Future-Shape GmbH since 2005
  • 6 years Infineon Technologies AG, Corporate Research, Senior Staff Engineer for Emerging Technologies, Project Manager Smart Textiles
  • 22 years Siemens AG, Corporate Research and Technology, developer Semiconductor Technology and Circuit Design
  • >200 patents and patent pendings, >100 scientific publications
  • Science Advisory Board at  ITA-Institut of the University RWTH Aachen
  • Member of VDI, DKE AAL Group

Dr. Axel Steinhage

Chief Technology Officer


  • Director R&D Future-Shape GmbH since 2006
  • 5 y. Infineon Research, Project Manager “Human-Machine Interaction”
  • 11 y. Institut für Neuroinformatik, Bochum, Research Director Robotic and Dynamic Systems
  • Diploma and PhD in theoretical physics both with distinction
  • 90 Journal and books articles, Expert Reviewer for IEEE
  • Management for 10 BMBF and EU-Funding projects

Erwin Burth

Chief Marketing Officer


  • Proven expertise in  implementation of new business models and GoToMarket Strategies
  • 12 y. Autodesk www.autodesk.com: Senior positions in Sales Management and Business Development. More recently Sales Force Management for the division Digital Simulation Unit in EMEA
  • 12+ y. Mensch und Maschine AG www.mum.de: Business Unit VP and Director International Business