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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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7 April 2021 News

Mentech is growing fast, and to keep up with all of this we are looking for 3 new colleagues!

 

Implementation HUME

To strengthen the implementation of HUME we are looking for an Implementation Consultant. As implementation consultant you are part of the ROSA team that is in constantly in contact with care institutions. With passion for the target group you take care of the implementation of the HUME at our care clients. You will come into contact with aspects of technology, employee acceptance and behavioral science. In other words, you will be working with healthcare every day, but not for a healthcare institution. Do you have an affinity with care & technology and are you the person we are looking for? Then take a look at the vacancy via this link.

 

Reinforcement Data team

As a Data Scientist at Mentech you will work on developing advanced models for the recognition of stress and emotions based on physiological signals. You will also be developing and validating deep-learning and pattern recognition models to advance HUME. These behavioral models are an essential part of the HUME because they reveal whether stress is present in a client. This information allows us to alert the caregiver when stress is building up. Are you the person we are looking for to get started with the behavioral models of the HUME? Check out and apply for the job opening through this link.

 

Software team expansion

To expand our software team, we are looking for a Full Stack Developer. As a Full Stack Developer, your main task is to develop an analytics dashboard for caregivers and behavioral scientists. The HUME will allow for a better understanding of client behavior and, if necessary, the adjustment of care. In this dashboard you will visualize time series of sensor data and behavior in an easy to understand way. You will also work on the general software of the HUME to implement new features and solve problems. Do you have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering and are you the person we are looking for? Then check out the job opening through this link.

 

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31 March 2021 News

This week, the Autism Week takes place. Therefore, De Balie – in cooperation with the Dutch Autism Society – presents the program De Balie kijkt: The Reason I Jump on Thursday, April 1 at 20:00. The documentary The Reason I Jump is based on the worldwide bestseller of the same name by Naoki Higashida and tells the personal story of the author of the book: a non-speaking autistic boy from Japan. Together with psycholinguist Hans van Balkom and co-director of Mentech Eric Riegen, we discuss the film and new technologies for people with communication disorders. How do these technologies help to make the living world of people with autism understandable?

“For me, autism is normal. I can’t imagine what your ‘normal’ actually is,” Naoki writes in his book The Reason I Jump in which he honestly and disarmingly shares his unique perspective on living with autism. The documentary of the same name connects his story with stories of five other non-speaking autistic people from around the world. The film immerses us in their unique sensory worlds: worlds full of beauty and intensity, but also full of suffering and pain.

Where the behavioral disorder primarily hinders communication, The Reason I Jump attempts to bridge the gap between those with and those without autism. How can those who cannot speak with words make their world understandable to others? De Balie programmer Parwin Mirrahimy talks to psycholinguist Hans van Balkom and co-director of Mentech Eric Riegen about the film and new technologies for people with a communication disorder. How far along are these developments?

Interested in watching the film and following the conversation? For more information, check out the following link: https://debalie.nl/cinema/de-balie-kijkt-the-reason-i-jump/


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