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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.

 

Check out all our open positions now:

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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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22 March 2021 News

In our daily lives, wearables are indispensable: they measure, for example, how many steps you have taken or which route you cycled. Wearables also offer more and more possibilities in healthcare: from simple monitoring to help in the operating room. What are the possibilities for monitoring stress in people with disabilities such as dementia or intellectual disabilities? And how do you know if you are measuring what you want to measure? This evening gives you a look at the possibilities and impossibilities of wearables in health care, especially for people with disabilities, from different perspectives. Stimulating and in-depth.

During the online reference evening next Thursday, March 25 from 19.15 – 21.30, facilitated by Fontys, Eric Riegen will speak at 20.10 about measuring stress with the HUME. What is the effect on your organization when a care worker is warned of an approaching escalation in a resident? Can stress measurement make care warmer?

Interested in participating? Then sign up now through this link!


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13 March 2021 News

“How do you know what’s going on in the inner world of people who can’t tell you? Smart technology can offer a solution, by measuring and interpreting physical reactions via sensors.”

Today in the Volkskrant an article about our latest wearable the SentiSock, the sock that can tell you what you feel. Eric Riegen talks about the latest development of the HUME that ultimately always serves as a tool for the healthcare provider. Because as Gerard Cialdella of Prinsenstichting states nicely in the article, “Algorithms don’t hug people, people hug people.”

Read the full articlel!

 

 


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22 February 2021 News

The Smart Care Relay has started! This week it is our turn to show all the smart care innovations we have developed. On Tuesday 23 and Thursday 25 February, Dwayne Dillen and Stefan de Vries will host the webinar “Meet the HUME!” In this webinar we will elaborate on how the HUME works, how we can measure physiological data with a sock, how our behavioral models work and what the endless possibilities are in the care process.

Are you interested in participating? Then sign up using this link


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16 February 2021 News

“We think it’s important to understand clients more thoroughly,” explains Inge Meijerman, Innovation & Projects Project Leader at Philadelphia Zorg. That is why we welcome them as a new partner in our HUME pilot project. Philadelphia supports people with disabilities throughout the Netherlands. They live at Philadelphia, receive intensive care or ambulatory guidance. “With all these people we like to look for possibilities and opportunities to live their lives as simply and independently as possible.”

Stress makes communication difficult
“Communication plays an important part in that, and caregivers within Philadelphia pay a lot of attention to communication with residents. Yet for people with difficult-to-understand behavior (MVG), it is sometimes difficult to communicate with caregivers. Especially when he or she experiences stress. Understanding and being understood becomes even more important at such times.”

A sock that measures stress
By working with the HUME, Philadelphia caregivers can better understand complex behavior of clients and recognize tension and stress earlier. Philadelphia is one of the first care institutions to start measuring with the Senti Sock. A sock with sensors that measures skin conductance, one of the indicators for stress.

We start the process with a personalization phase where the caregiver helps the HUME get to know the clients better. This involves the caregiver indicating every stress moment of the client in the HUME app for the first two weeks. In this way, pattern recognition is developed for the client. After these two weeks the HUME will be personalized enough to start with the Early Warning function, where the caregiver gets a signal from the HUME as soon as the stress in the client gets too high.

Inge: “We are happy to be able to work with Mentech!” And we thank Philadelphia for their trust and we look forward to this cooperation with great enthusiasm!


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12 February 2021 News

In the past few months we have been very busy preparing the HUME for use by care providers. Within two weeks, the first care institutions will start measuring with the HUME v2.0! But what does the updated version of the HUME includes? Please read further in this news item.

 

HUME V2.0

There are two sensors that we use to measure with the HUME v2.0. Unlike before, we can now measure with the SentiSock. This is a sock with sensors that we have developed and produced internally. Currently, the sock is able to measure the skin conductance of the wearer. The second sensor, the chest strap, measures the client’s heart rate and movement.

The sensors can now be connected to the HUB. This is important so that data from the sensors is sent to the cloud. The HUB is an app on a phone that takes the caregiver step-by-step through the process of how to put the sensors on the client and how to link them to the app.

Once the data from the sensors is sent to the cloud, the data is processed through behavioral models and converted into stress-related information. Both the static and dynamic models are highly accurate in the HUME v2.0. This means that we can distinguish stress from movement.

Also, it is now possible to personalize the model per person. In this way, the caregiver is asked to give input to the HUME at times when a client is experiencing stress. In this way the HUME gets to know the client very well and can recognize and predict stress even better.

The information from the behavioral models is forwarded to the dashboard app that the caregiver can operate. In this app, the caregiver can indicate which clients she wants to add. In this way the caregiver can keep a close eye on the stress level of the clients!

 

Features

The HUME v2.0 is now able to support the caregiver in three areas:

  • Early Warning function

Early intervention in the event of an escalation can limit the consequences of the escalation such as self-harm

  • Diagnostics

Investigating the cause of escalations or unusual behavior

  • Effect measurement

Measuring the effect of an intervention in approach, offer of activity, change in medication etc.

 

Are you curious how the HUME v2.0 can help you? Please contact us at: and together we will look at the possibilities!

 


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