Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-5 | Award Amount: 6.23M | Year: 2013
A (Meta-) product is now a customer driven customisable entity that integrates sensory/computing units, which are in turn connected to the cloud, leading to a paradigm shift from mass production to intelligent, over-the-web configurable products. Product design and production is however becoming highly complex and requires interdisciplinary expertise. The goal of EASY is to develop new methodologies, tools and ready-to-use components for designing and producing intelligent wearable products as Meta-Products. We propose a Cloud Computing enabled framework for the Collaborative Design and Development of Personalised Products/Services, combining embedded sensors and mobile devices with facilities for joint open development of enabling downloadable applications. The Meta-Products consist of intelligent wearables (clothing, footwear, accessories) equipped with embedded networks of sensors. Sensorial data will be communicated to smart phones via Bluetooth or Wifi. The required functionality will be configured by the end-users; the design, selection of components, sourcing of materials and sensors, virtual prototyping, as well as production planning and services integration is a collaborative process of all involved companies, designers, sensor producers, software developers and application experts. This infrastructure will enable all interested 3rd parties to offer new services to smart phone and EASY wearable users, resulting to an open platform of literally infinite applications in many target market. The EASY approach will be validated in three different industrial scenarios, i.e. rehabilitation, sport and games. The EASY-Consortium integrates competences on production methodology, system design and modeling, product lifecycle management, simulation and virtual reality, intelligent sensors, mobile-cloud systems, intelligent cloth design and production.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-6 | Award Amount: 5.77M | Year: 2013
Optician2020 will develop distributed manufacturing assets in mini-factories clustered in urban areas combining short series manufacturing technologies and ICT tools for design, process automation and on-line real time delivery management of personalised spectacles, a fashionable product combining health prescription, functional performance and aesthetical requirements. The key enabling technologies to be deployed are: - additive manufacturing, for polymeric and metallic frames - advanced coating technologies, for short series lens coating - automated procedures, for personalisable frames catalogue design - scanning devices, for end-user anthropometric data capture ICT tools will be used to improve the efficiency, adaptability and sustainability of the production systems and their integration within the proximity mini-factory business model. It requires continuous change of processes related to the management of distributed manufacturing assets and to the personalised manufacturing of spectacles in which the consumer can select frame materials and also finishings both in frame and lenses. Optician2020 will demonstrate the feasibility of this business model based on close-to-optician mini-factories by showing: - The spectacles personalisation flexibility, developing a catalogue of at least 12 models in spectacles for 450 users. - The mini-factories flexibility and re-configurability with an agile procedure for adding new local manufacturing facilities to the open virtual network. - The time-to-market reduction up to 65% and production cost reduction of 40% with respect to conventional methods. The exploitation will start one year after the completion of Optician2020. A maximum initial impact of 25.000 spectacles can be obtained with two initial clusters of networked minifactories working efficiently for a group of 12 opticians in each cluster. It is expected to expanding the number of mini-factories with 10 more EU-based clusters.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2013-2 | Award Amount: 1.78M | Year: 2013
E-commerce has become a focal point of expansion and growth for the consumer goods industry. This rapidly expanding trend provides an opportunity for childrenswear manufacturers to introduce new commercialization channels, enabling to reach a global audience by selling their products directly to customers and being able to open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, the childrenswear sector is not fully taking advantage of e-Commerce, where only 5-7% of all childrenswear is being sold online, compared to clothing in general with 10% or 50% of all computers or 61% of all books. Online apparel retailers have a 40% return rate, the highest return rate in e-commerce, being bad fit the main barrier for the online market, causing 75% of these returns. It is therefore that KIDSIZE project will develop an added value service to overcome size assignment and fitting barrier, facilitating the adequate selection of size when buying both online and in normal shops without the presence of the children. KIDSIZE system will enable to capture the 3D children body shape at home with easy to use, low cost and wide available consumer technology. The optimal size will be proposed according to body shape and growing patterns, being supported by a 3D European children database, covering child measures from 2 to 12 years and pediatric body measures for babies under 2 years, while visualizing fitting. This system, will lead to an increase of the European childrenswear industry competitiveness, withstanding both LLC competition in brick and mortar stores as well as foreign competition on the e-Commerce market. Our consortium is formed by 4 AGs: CFE, ASEPRI, NOVA CHILD and FINATEX, 3 RTD Performers IBV, ISRI and OZONGO, specialized in anthropometrics, ICT and e-commerce respectively and 2 SMEs TUCTUC and MYLLYMUKSUT Direct exploitation of the results of the project will provide the SME community an expected cost-savings/benefits of 130,5 Million in 5 years after the end of the projec
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: PHC-21-2015 | Award Amount: 5.17M | Year: 2016
Background We propose a holistic view of interrelated frailties: cognitive decline, physical frailty, depression and anxiety, social isolation and poor sleep quality, which are a major burden to older adults and social and health care systems. Early detection and intervention are crucial in sustaining active and healthy ageing (AHA) and slowing or reversing further decline. Aims and Relevance The main aim of my-AHA is to reduce frailty risk by improving physical activity and cognitive function, psychological state, social resources, nutrition, sleep and overall well-being. It will empower older citizens to better manage their own health, resulting in healthcare cost savings. my-AHA will use state-of-the-art analytical concepts to provide new ways of health monitoring and disease prevention through individualized profiling and personalized recommendations, feedback and support. Approach An ICT-based platform will detect defined risks in the frailty domains early and accurately via non-stigmatising embedded sensors and data readily available in the daily living environment of older adults. When risk is detected, my-AHA will provide targeted ICT-based interventions with a scientific evidence base of efficacy, including vetted offerings from established providers of medical and AHA support. These interventions will follow an integrated approach to motivate users to participate in exercise, cognitively stimulating games and social networking to achieve long-term behavioural change, sustained by continued end user engagement with my-AHA. Scale and Sustainability The proposed platform provides numerous incentives to engage diverse stakeholders, constituting a sustainable ecosystem with empowered end users and reliable standardised interfaces for solutions providers, which will be ready for larger scale deployment at project end. The ultimate aim is to deliver significant innovation in the area of AHA by cooperation with European health care organizations, SMEs, NGOs.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2013-1 | Award Amount: 1.74M | Year: 2014
At present everyday sport is almost impossible or at least very circumstantial for blind people, especially if they want to enjoy their favorite sport alone in their free time. Therefore, our aim is to develop a track where they are able to run alone without any human guidance. The target of the project is to provide a system which satisfies this need. Modern hardware and software technologies have to be used in one system to solve the problem of the real-time tracking of a blind runner. The solution is based on an RF position detection technology, which deployed in a stadium, around the running track and able to operate in real-time. The system detects the exact position of each runner on the track even if he or she is blind or not. This is important, as there is no unidentified person allowed on the running track. With this idea visually impaired people become more independent even in their leisure time. First we would like to establish a 400m long standard circle track that is supplied with all the necessary technical equipment.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-6 | Award Amount: 8.93M | Year: 2013
In today globalized world, companies are trying to remain competitive through the adoption of a strategy where high quantity production of goods is the leverage to reduce costs. By negating this approach, ADDFactor proposes the Mini-factories concept, which is conceived to be an innovative solution for most of the actors involved in the whole supply chain: the relationship between retailers and the manufacturing technologies will be considered and characterized by a new production framework concept, founded on central knowledge-based design and local distributed manufacturing. This high-level concept will be applied focusing on need-driven products, and ADDFactor will manage the complexity of their design phase thanks to a direct connection with the retailer, that will provide biometric data of the customers as tacit requirements and aesthetics tests as explicit demands, being both fundamental for an effective individual personalization. ADDFactor achievements will be focused on two different levels of manufacturing solutions, which will be placed: at retail environment, to consider products simple and/or reduced in terms of assembled components (i.e. orthotics or modular fashion heels and plateau); and at district level when the products are complex and the manufacturing procedures cannot be scaled at local level (i.e. sport shoes or complete customized fashion shoes). Within this overall project concept, ADDFactor will structure its activities towards the achievement of different objectives, from diagnostic devices to advanced design tools in order to convert personal data in individual product specifications. The manufacturing is then guaranteed by a local manufacturing through novel ultra-fast and auto-configurable machines. Thanks to the concurrent impact of these project results, ADDFactor will spark off an innovation virtuous cycle towards a future European industry.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2013-3 | Award Amount: 5.49M | Year: 2013
The MAN-MADE project aims at defining new socially sustainable workplaces where the human dimension is a key cornerstone. Workers are foreseen at the centre of the factory, on the one hand, in terms of workplace adaptation (and production planning, at large) to skills, expertise and characteristic of each single worker and, on the other hand, in terms of capability to make the most out of workers knowledge and potentials across all age groups and different roles, simultaneously fostering enhanced workers safety. Moreover MAN-MADE promotes the vision of an effective integration of this anthropocentric factory within the social environment toward the implementation of context-aware factories that promotes and take advantage of extended services to the workers in terms of accessibility, inclusiveness, efficiency and work satisfaction. The context aware anthropocentric manufacturing model promoted by the project will be demonstrated by pilot implementations in the Transportation industry (Alstom) and in the White-goods sector (Whirlpool), two European industrial sectors of excellence. The project concepts will e also tested in the Factory of the Future lab available at the Polytechnic of Milan. Expected benefits from the MAN-MADE project will have a huge impact on the productivity rate due to an enhanced use of human resources and reduction of accidents, and will leverage on the high number of workers involved in the white-good and transportation sector. The MAN-MADE project will contribute to the achievement of best in class performance, making available advanced anthropocentric workplace technologies, that also support a considerable improvement of worker integration in the social environment. The MAN-MADE impact is also guaranteed by the influence and relevance of the project actors such as Whirlpool (with more than 14.000 workers) and Alstom (with more than 92.000 workers worldwide).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-21-2016 | Award Amount: 1.18M | Year: 2017
Whereas the manufacturing and distribution of apparel has advanced in past years with the application of new CAM and ITC technologies, the design process is still very traditional. Sketching ideas, creating story boards, draping, and developing technical drawings (also known as technical sketches) are just some of the tasks that are still being done either in the old-fashioned way or with the aid of digital tools, most of which are spinoff uses of technologies developed for other industries, and not adapted to the necessities of the creative apparel industry. At the same time, there are emerging technologies that could reduce the timing and the cost of the design process, such as 3D scanners and 3D sketching tools. New low cost 3D scanners have indeed appeared in the market, and could allow a real customization of the clothes design. Moreover, libraries of 3D realistic avatars adapted to the target population of a new clothing collection will be a great improvement for mass production. Theoretically, a designer could sketch the design over the avatar of a customer, or over a realistic avatar that represents a target population. Sketching designs over real 3D bodies allows the visualization of designs in real dimensions, improves communication between the creative team, and reduce misunderstandings in the following steps (e.g. pattern making, manufacturing, etc.). The realistic visualization of the designs has many advantages: 1) Elimination of manual tasks. 2) Improvement of the communication between designers and decision takers (the managers that approve the design for manufacturing). The realistic visualization reduces misunderstandings and failures. 3) Better cost analysis. InKreate expects to improve the apparel design process using low cost 3D scanners and 3D sketching tools.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: JTI-CP-ARTEMIS | Phase: SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2012-ASP2;SP1-JTI-ARTEMIS-2012-ASP8 | Award Amount: 9.20M | Year: 2013
The With-Me ecosystem consists of a collection of embedded devices including multi-purpose consumer electronics (mobile phone, computer, TV, media centres, Kinect, etc), dedicated health equipment for personal or shared use (HR monitors, activity sensors, environment sensors, exercise equipment, blood pressure, and glucose analysis devices, etc.), external information sources providing sensor input from the environment, general information, and personal feedback, and servers providing the necessary computational environment for services and applications. The ecosystem provides and supports safe and secure seamless monitoring and persuasive guidance anytime and anywhere for healthier behaviours. With-Me ensures continuity of personalised assistance from lifestyle improvement to primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and care. By considering this large scope of use the With-Me system will work under a wide range of evolving constraints resulting from the shifts of (1) responsibilities (consumer to doctor), (2) stakeholders (lifestyle to care), (3) functionalities and requirements, and (4) business model (market to reimbursed). The With-Me project will deliver the evidence that peoples adherence to healthier behaviours (e.g exercising for prevention but also during care) will improve by using persuasive electronic services. From earlier studies it is known that, once people stick to these schedules, their health will be better. This proof will illustrate that this ICT-based health preservation solution can be highly cost effective by reducing the total healthcare expenses. Date of approval by ECSEL JU: 2/09/2015
Institute Biomecanica Of Valencia | Date: 2016-03-30
The invention relates to a prosthesis of maxillomandibular bone defects, of the type used to replace defective bones, and to a method for the production thereof, said prosthesis comprising at least one body (1) with a morphology adapted to the anatomy of the patient, generated from a computerized tomography image of same, where the ends (1a, 1b) thereof have openings (2) for fixation to the ends of the bones of the patient, characterized in that support areas (3) are located between said ends (1a, 1b), on the bone sections, said support areas (3) having a porous geometry containing a second solid, smooth and intermediate area (4) between said support areas (3).