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23 July 2021 News

Mentech starts new collaboration with Saxion, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fontys, Leiden University Medical Center, Tranzo, ‘s Heeren Loo, Prinsenstichting, Severinus, TNO and University Network for the Care Sector South Holland to develop a new generation wearable. This collaboration is made possible by Health~Holland, Top Sector Life Sciences & Health and ZonMw. Together with clients, caregivers and informal carers, we will develop a wearable sensor system in clothing that helps with the early recognition of stress in people with cognitive disabilities.

People with intellectual disabilities or dementia are sensitive to stress. Caregivers face the challenge of reading and regulating their stress level and mood based on non-verbal signals. Late recognition can lead to misunderstood behavior, such as aggression. Misunderstood behavior reduces quality of life, complicates care and support, and the strain on caregivers leads to above-average absenteeism and staff turnover. It is therefore crucial to develop tools that increase the quality of care while reducing the burden on caregivers.

Within this project we will develop a tool that helps caregivers to recognize the first signs of stress in the client, so that the cause can be addressed before the client’s behavior escalates. The tool uses information from sensors worn in clothing. The system not only helps prevent the build-up of stress, but also helps provide the client with a more pleasant living environment. This will improve the client’s quality of life, reduce the burden on caregivers and lower care costs.


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12 July 2021 News

Last week the IASSIDD congress took place. The theme of this European congress was ‘Value diversity’. This refers explicitly to the changes that we need to achieve in healthcare. During this congress Mentech has shared her contributions through three sessions of which 2 can be viewed. Interested?

‘Social network engagement for more quality of life for people with a severe intellectual disability’, co-presented with Severinus and Vilans, see https://iassidd-oral.acsvirtual.com/video/124/o-057?channelName=IASSIDD

‘The use of smart wearables for early notification of stress in people with intellectual disabilities’, co-presented with Prinsenstichting Severinus and Leiden University Medical Center, see https://iassidd-oral.acsvirtual.com/video/266/o-022?channelName=IASSIDD


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15 June 2021 News

Let people with autism work as independently as possible, that is the starting point of Emogy. This is an application that, based on mood and energy, gives personal advice on how to deal with certain situations. This mood can be reported, but can also be measured with the HUME.

Emogy helps people with autism to be more self-reliant by registering their energy and mood. By gaining more insight into this, stressful situations can be dealt with more quickly and patterns that cause negative energy or mood can be broken. Each client receives a personal app based on their own signaling plan. Through this app, mood and energy are registered, situation sketches are entered and personal advice is given based on the entered data. An environment for the supervisor is also available in which the interaction between supervisor and client is sought. Because the client’s requirements and wishes may change during the course of the program, it is possible for the supervisor to adjust the signaling plan to the current situation. No more paper, always up-to-date and available everywhere. This is also currently being tested in a pilot phase.

This new application helps people with autism to be more self-reliant and to get more grip on their energy and mood. To test this, clients of Autismepunt in Eindhoven are currently busy using the app in a pilot phase together with their supervisor.

In the next webinar on 29 June 2021 from 10.00 – 11.00 the results of this pilot will be discussed. Also, Erwin Meinders will explain how we can measure mood in people with autism using the HUME.

Interested? Click on the button below for more information and the possibilities to register!

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17 May 2021 News

On Tuesday, May 18 from 2:00-5:00 p.m., the Symposium Wearables in Practice will take place. During this symposium, professionals working with wearables will come together to present their findings to each other and share the experiences of applying wearables in their field. This time the symposium is digital with a very interesting program, see the image below. On behalf of Mentech, Erwin Meinders will explain the application of wearables within the disability care. Are you interested in attending the symposium? Sign up now via the button below.

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7 May 2021 News

The SentiSock, is one of HUME’s sensors used to measure a person’s skin conductance. This is a unique application where electrodes and electronics are incorporated into a sock. To test and realize this concept, a collaboration with Metafas was started. Metafas is the specialist in printed electronics and has successfully carried out the industrial upscaling of the smart sock. The collaboration is indicative of the strength of the Brainport region.

According to Reon Smits, CTO of Mentech, the development possibilities are endless thanks to the collaboration with Metafas:

“By printing electrodes in the sock, the HUME seamlessly connects to the user requirements of the target group and we can measure stress accurately and reliably. In the future, we also want to look at the possibilities of printing electrodes in other garments such as a glove or t-shirt. Metafas is an excellent development and production partner so we can turn clothing into wearables.”

Hans van de Mortel, owner of Metafas, is also excited about the collaboration and possibilities for the future:

“Realizing innovation in practice is possible based on a groundbreaking idea and progressive partners. In Mentech we have found such a partner. With Mentech’s software and domain knowledge and our way of product development and production, together we can bring a new application to the market.”

 

Application in healthcare
The HUME with SentiSock is currently applied in care facilities for reducing escalations and understanding misunderstood behavior in long-term care for people with dementia or intellectual disabilities. It is often difficult for people with intellectual disabilities or dementia to express feelings. Thanks to the smart sock, these emotions can be measured and translated into useful information for the caregiver. In this way, the HUME helps to recognize the build-up of stress in clients at an early stage, for example in situations where the caregiver does not have a direct view of the client. This gives the care provider a handle on how to prevent behavioral escalation, for example. This is good for both the client and the caregiver!

 

Cooperation Brainport region         
Metafas has an excellent reputation in the field of industrial electronics printing. The challenge for the printed electronics in the sock was mainly in the durability and robustness during use. The ability to stretch the sock without breaking the electrodes, the intensive use and washability were important user requirements. The result of intensive testing and collaboration is a robust and producible design. The first socks are now in use and Mentech and Metafas have proven the power of collaboration within Brainport.

 

Metafas – Printed Electronics
Metafas is specialized in user interfacing and printed electronics. User interfacing is the “bridge between man and machine”; an international concept for front panels, membrane switch foils and touch screens. Printed electronics results from screen printing conductive tracks with silver ink onto which electronic components are glued. Combinations are then made between electrical insulating layers and electrically conductive layers on which silver ink is printed. This makes it possible to realize form-free electrodes on flexible surfaces. With other production techniques, the sensors can be processed into a semi-finished or complete end product. This makes it possible to make everyday objects, such as socks, ‘smarter’, as it were. Would you like to know more? Take a look at the website via this link.


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3 May 2021 News

‘People who are disabled can still communicate.’

Earlier this month Eric Riegen was a guest at De Balie, together with Hans van Balkom and Parwin Mirrahimy they discussed the film The Reason I Jump and subsequently the new communication technologies for people with a communication disorder.

Did you miss the conversation and the film? Watch the full excerpt back through the link below.

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22 April 2021 News

Finding the right balance between the employee’s well-being and his ‘output’. That is the goal of the collaboration between Tegema and Mentech with the demonstration of the smart factory concept based on stress detection. Indeed, there is an ideal value of stress for performing a ‘high complexity’, ‘low volume’ assembly.

In March, the P2L (Pick 2 Light) system, a machine from Tegema, for assembling products was introduced, see attached photo. With this system a product is assembled according to a prescribed instruction. The process steps are indicated by means of a LED indicator with which the operator assembles the product step by step without errors. At a later stage, a cobot (collaboration robot) will be added to the assembly process to perform more complex production steps together with the operator.

During the assembly process the operator is monitored by the HUME. Assembling a complex product can be very stressful, for example due to time pressure or a complex task. With the HUME we can measure this tension and stress and through interventions (an extra rest break or a change in the assembly process) we can regulate the operator’s stress. This intervention and its result are visible in a dashboard.

The first results with the P2L system are promising. By using external factors we can generate stress in the operator, the HUME can recognize this stress very well. The next step is to use this stress in a machine or human intervention by means of a decision algorithm.


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16 April 2021 News

Mentech as a guest at TEDxEindhoven!

Monday on the 19th of April at 14.30h the first TEDxEindhoven online event starts with the topic ‘Innovations in Healthcare’. Our founder Erwin Meinders will attend as a guest and actively contribute to the panel discussion on what it means to innovate in healthcare, and where we will be in 20 years.

Interested in attending the session for free? Sign up via this link!


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16 April 2021 News

Last Tuesday, April 13, we organized a workshop together with TEGEMA during the European Robotics Forum 2021. This is the most influential meeting of the robotics community in Europe. During this workshop we gave a demonstration of the Affective Manufacturing System, this is the smart factory concept based on stress detection. At the end an interesting panel discussion followed with representatives from ABB, Philips and Tegema, just to name a few.

 

Would you like to know more about this system? Then read the following article: Tegema and Mentech demonstrate affective manufacturing for enhanced production performance”

 


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