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8 November 2021 News

We have moved to a new location! For those who did not know: from now on you can find us at the Boschdijk 766 on the second floor.

As you can see on the picture, the Mentech team is working diligently in our new meeting room to make our mission a reality. We have already had a chance to get used to our new workplace. Now we just need to add some more atmospheric items and we are ready to welcome you!


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25 October 2021 News

How can artificial intelligence be used for prevention and intervention in dementia care?

This question will be answered at the Austrian symposium AIDEM this Friday. During this online congress of the Donau-Universität Krems, different technologies and possibilities of artificial intelligence for dementia care will be presented, including Erwin Meinders on ‘The use of sensor technology for early detection of stress in people with impaired cognition.’

Want to attend the symposium online or view the program? Check the symposium page using the link below.

Apply!

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13 October 2021 News

It is time for the next step, a new phase, a new workplace! On November 1st we are moving to a new building. We will stay in Eindhoven, but from November 1st onwards you can find us at Boschdijk 766 on the third floor. In this new building we will have a complete floor for Mentech. It will be a more formal environment where we will have more square meters to grow for the years to come.

It will be a new chapter in the growth and development of Mentech, we look forward to the new offices!

Are you as curious as we are about the new office? Please contact us for an appointment. You’re more than welcome!

See you soon!

 


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8 October 2021 News
Mentech has launched the European ‘Smartees’ project. In collaboration with Quad, Imec and BluMorpho, we are creating a strong ecosystem allowing us to develop a new patch and scale up the production of the HUME patches and wearables. This patch can be placed on the foot or chest and measures skin conductance in an effective and non-intrusive way for stress recognition. The patch is not visible and barely felt unlike other wearables. Therefore, it is also expected that the patch will be well accepted by our primary target group: people with intellectual disabilities or dementia. The advantage of the patch is that it stays firmly in place, accurately measuring physiology.

The patch works in addition to the HUME and facilitates the stress measurement process. The HUME determines physiological values and interprets the stress level of a client, so that stress build-up in a client can be detected early. This results in less intensive care processes for both client and caregiver.

The project does not only consist of developing the patch, but also the business case around the patch is central. In which other markets can the patch be applied? Which alternative market is most promising? And do we need to take into account additional specifications to facilitate this new market as well?

 

“In collaboration with QUAD and imec, we are developing a strong ecosystem for large-scale production of HUME patches and wearables. In addition, BlueMorpho supports in developing new market opportunities for the HUME.” – Erwin Meinders

 

Our partners

Through close cooperation with our partners, we are able to launch the Smartees project. We are very grateful for the contribution our partners make to us.

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30 September 2021 News

The Living Lab is a day program of ‘s Heeren-Loo for clients with mild intellectual disabilities where they test care innovations. They have been helping us with experiments in the HUME lab and will be working with the sensors and the HUME themselves in the coming weeks! We are looking forward to the first test results of this new cooperation!


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22 September 2021 News

Introduction

The Trinity project team from Mentech and Tegema developed a demonstrator in which an ABB cobot works with an operator while performing complex assembly tasks. Stress detection was integrated to measure operator emotion during a cobot-assisted assembly task for optimal operator engagement (both in terms of operator well-being and productivity).

 The objective of the project is to demonstrate a smart factory concept, for robotics-based manufacturing of complex photonic products, with in-line operator stress detection for safety and optimized production (in terms of yield and product quality). The demonstration is based on a modular machine platform with robotics functionalities for efficient and customized production of complex photonic systems. The platform has in-line monitoring and quality control functionalities for in-line adaption of production steps.  The demonstration includes an appealing showcase in which human factors are successfully included in the execution of a manufacturing process for optimized production, eventually to open the gateway for affective cobots.

A robot can take over complex tasks, making the assembly process safer, faster and qualitatively better. The downside of working with a cobot is that the potential loss of control can cause stress for the operator. And stress has a negative impact on well-being, safety and productivity.

The affective manufacturing system has an integrated robotics system for manufacturing of complex photonic systems and contains a sensor system for in-line process monitoring. The platform integrates a novel operator stress detection module, based on measured physiological features of the operator, and artificial intelligence algorithm for stress detection. Production performance and related operator stress is displayed on an interactive dashboard, used for both stress management and process control.

The measured stress levels are used in a smart decision algorithm that takes into account all relevant decision factors, such as the stress indications (emotional state) of the individual operators as determined by the measured and analyzed features; information about circumstances (private, work) of the employee; information about the production process, such as the measured performance indicators (product quality, productivity, failure, etc.); and production instructions (such as the complexity of the instruction or work).

 

Benefits for the user

Affective manufacturing leads to improved efficiency and productivity, by incorporating human stress factors in the optimization of the production processes. The performance of a process depends on the complexity of tasks and the arousal level the operator experiences. For simple tasks, low arousal (inattention of the operator) leads to poor performance, high arousal leads to high performance. Difficult tasks however require moderate arousal for optimum performance. A too low arousal (inattention or drowsy) as well as a too high arousal (stress) lead to poor performance and should be avoided.

Affective manufacturing leads to improved product quality. One of the requests is error-free production through a self-learning production method in which the system responds autonomously to any errors. The addition of affective strategies will further be strengthening this self-learning and will cause a paradigm shift in smart manufacturing. It will create higher standards of production, and more operator and happiness.

 

Innovation

Mentech and Tegema demonstrate an affective production platform for high-quality production of low-volume high-mix products. The demonstration is based on a modular machine platform with robotics functionalities for efficient and customized production of complex photonic devices. The platform integrates operator stress monitoring to harmonize productivity and operator happiness.

The platform comprises a pick-to-light module and a cobot module for cobot-assisted assembly. The pick-to-light module consists of several manufacturing bins with LED indicators to guide the operator through the assembly tasks. The sequence of assembly is indicated by the subsequent switching on and off the LED indicators. The bins also contain proximity sensors to measure the completion of the different assembly tasks. A cobot platform is integrated in the assembly line to assist the operator with complex assembly tasks. Multiple assembly sequences can be uploaded to the system, making the system a flexible manufacturing platform.

The operator stress is determined from real-time measured stress features, like heartrate, skin conductance and face expressions. A trained neural network model makes a prediction of the stress levels of an operator during assembly based on the measured physiology and recognized patterns.

A dashboard visualizes the system metrics, like the required time for assembly tasks, assembly errors and cobot performance, and the measured operator stress. Based on the dashboard outcome, system and operator interventions can be initiated.

The AMS showcases that a hybrid manufacturing platform with a decision algorithm based on operator stress levels will harmonize production and increase yield and production quality.

 


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This SME demonstration of TRINITY project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825196.


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17 September 2021 News

“We are proud to now have Ami and INZET support us with the financial means and knowledge needed to accelerate our growth.” – Erwin Meinders, CEO Mentech

To recognize the early stages of stress, Mentech has developed the HUME® – a smart sensing-system that visualizes stress through trained artificial intelligence models, all brought together in an intuitive app. The HUME offers the caregiver to recognize behavioural change and thus improve the quality of life of people with misunderstood behavior. INZET and Ami endorse Mentech’s mission and are investing in the HUME to improve the quality of life and independence of clients.

 

Steady further development as a company

With the support of INZET and Ami, Mentech will be more capable to realize its ambitions. INZET is a social investment fund that invests in young, innovative companies that are committed to giving the long-term sick, people with disabilities or elderly a dignified, full life with as much independence as possible, always prioritizing prevention. Ami on the other hand is a consultancy company for advice on colossal ambitions. They consult and support entrepreneurs with strategical issues. INZET and Ami both facilitate in much needed knowledge and experience for Mentech to further develop itself: “We are proud to now have Ami and INZET support us with the financial means and knowledge needed to accelerate our growth.” as said by Erwin Meinders, CEO of Mentech. “With INZET and Ami joining us we now have two investors that believe in our proposition and the societal impact of the HUME. Thanks to these investments we now have the means and knowledge to accelerate our growth and implementation of the HUME.”

Pieter Oostlander, who is partner at Shaping Impact Group, the fund managing party of INZET, tells the following about working with Mentech: “Mentech is a company driven by intelligent individuals that created a solution for a tremendously big problem in the care field. “After years of thorough preparations Mentech is ready for introduction to the market as well as scaling itself. Exactly the part where INZET can make all the difference. We are happy to further allow this team to make a notable change in people’s lives with the solutions that they offer.”.

Raymond Maas, founder of Ami, says the following about their collaboration with Mentech: “We do not only invest because we believe in Mentech’s mission and solutions, but also because we want to gain more experience when it comes to building and utilizing data, algorithms and apps within our own services. With Mentech we have a serious strategic partner that allows us to also extend our own ambition.”.


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16 August 2021 News

To help care workers implement the HUME, instructional videos have been made available. These videos explain in an accessible way how to put the sensors on, clean and charge them and how they are connected to the application on the phone. There are also videos available explaining how the application on the phone works.

Are you curious? Then watch our instructional videos now via the HUME YouTube channel.

HUME YouTube

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4 August 2021 News

We are very proud to announce that we have successfully completed the Trinity project in cooperation with Tegema and ABB with the Affective Manufacturing System. In the video below we explain what the AMS system entails.

Would you like more information about the project or the system? Then please contact us.

 


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