Announcing winners of the first SmartX Europe funding call
The SmartX team is happy to announce nine funded projects, selected by a group of 12 external experts after a tough competition among 35 other brilliant applications. The grant designated for the first call – 706,000 € in lump sum – will be distributed among 16 different SMEs from eight European countries.
Here are the nine projects and their goals, organised by partnership size.
Airbag Jeans is a joint project by four SMEs: Airbag Inside (Sweden), Avilar (Sweden), Detecht Technologies (also Sweden), and Monlid (Italy). Their goal is to produce airbag jeans to prevent injuries to extremities, especially in motorcycle accidents. The project is focused on protection.
Sweat Monitoring T-shirt is a solution proposed by three SMEs: Biometrica, Staff Jersey from Italy, and Worldklaas from Belgium. It is a wearable real-time monitoring system of sweat and salt loss, based on an innovative biosensor and integrated into textile fibres. This innovative device performs electrochemical analysis of sweat in real time. Designed for sports applications, in particular athletes.
Dynaback T-shirt comes from two SMEs from Bulgaria and Germany (Dynaback and Amohr, respectively). This project aims to develop a smart garment that will help prevent back-pain and musculoskeletal diseases. It will identify and reduce bad movements of the spine by providing an early warning of back issues and increasing healthy movement habits.
Textile ECG Solution for long-term monitoring is proposed by two SMEs: Nathlos (Switzerland) and Zimmermann (Germany). The project will bring to the market a medical textile Electrocardiogram (ECG) carrier for continuous long-term monitoring of cardiac activity. Unlike gel electrodes, the textile ECG solution can be worn without creating skin irritation, for seven days up to several weeks.
Bodee, by a single SME called Comftech from Italy, is a project focused on two markets: newborn monitoring in hospitals, during the crucial skin-to-skin time and during their first day of life, and babies monitoring at home, which can be easily managed by parents.
Designed for hospitals, the product is expected to meet the growing clinical demand for early identifying of life-threatening arrhythmogenic disorders. Currently most babies are not monitored due to the limits of traditional monitoring systems, which tend to be invasive and uncomfortable. The solution for home monitoring aims to answer parents’ growing need for peace of mind, confirmed by market studies on their spending to increase baby safety at home.
Seat Mat, by Spanish SME Sensing Tex is a solution aimed as a platform for a White label-certified and approved textile hardware as an assessment tool for healthcare purposes with an API called Seat Mat. Its main focus is the prevention of pressure ulcers of wheelchair users. An OEM solution for retailers and distributors of wheelchair systems, it is ready to be integrated into cloud services of the customer.
ICRS system, by another SME from Spain called HEE TEE, is an all-new concept of a baby carrycot, able to monitor physiological parameters of the baby/infant and send alerts whenever those parameters are outside recommended health thresholds. Parents can monitor and track all these health parameters using their phones.
Wolk, a single SME from the Netherlands, aims to develop a line of smart airbag belts that are worn around the hip. The device will prevent hip fractures and other injuries in case of a fall and is meant especially for elderly people, either living at home or at nursing homes.
Moca-Ba by German SME Kinfinity is a new textile sensor that can be integrated in any kind of clothing. The project is focused on the integration of this sensor into physiotherapy and sports clothing, and will allow data to be analysed after training.