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NANO-OPTICAL MECHANICAL SYSTEMS

Objective

Nano-optical mechanical actuation based on nanotube-enriched polymeric materials is a much sought-after technology. In this scheme, light sources promote mechanical actuation of the polymeric materials producing a variety of nano–optical mechanical systems such as tactile displays, artificial muscles, and nano-grippers among others. The purpose of the NOMS project is to fabricate microsystems capable of light-induced mechanical actuation. In particular, the team proposes to build a visual-aid tablet for the blind or partially-sighted. Accomplishing this ambitious project requires knowledge of basic and integrating research within the field. It also requires the contribution of expert neuropsychologists to study, in cooperation with end-users, the effectiveness of the tablet both as an assistive tool for the visually impaired and as a research tool in the field of neuropsychology. The consortium is formed by experts in the areas of materials, optics, microsystems, neuropsychology, as well as end users, who will fabricate the first visual aid tablet. This well-balanced team possesses a unique combination of talent to guarantee achievement of the project objectives. The NOMS approach ensures that a solution (photo-actuated nanomaterials) will be provided to a particular problem (fast-refreshed portable visual-aid devices). NOMS will provide tactile screens for the visually impaired to read complex visual representations such as mathematical equations and graphical images. Everyday activities of such individuals will be greatly improved by including these devices in ATMs, personal computers, mobile telephones etc. This project is visionary with respect to some of the mainstream R&D directions, offering European industry a competitive advantage in the assistive technology marketplace worldwide. Appropriate industrial partnerships with adequate technology transfer experience have been included in the consortium with the purpose of thorough exploitation of the technology.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/graphic design
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2008-SMALL-2
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 593 460
Administrative Contact
Alberto Sereno Alvarez (Mr.)

Participants (8)

THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 298 682
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Edna Murphy (Ms.)
USTAV POLYMEROV - SLOVENSKA AKADEMIA VIED
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 302 960
Address
Dubravska Cesta 9
84541 Bratislava 45
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Igor Krupa (Dr.)
Unia nevidiacich a slabozrakych Slovenska
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 40 200
Address
Sekulska 1
84520 Bratislava
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Peter Teplicky (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET HAMBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 920
Address
Mittelweg 177
20148 Hamburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Moritz Steffen (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 227 800
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Violeta Gràcia (Dr.)
MICROSHARP CORPORATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 274 000
Address
Shrivenham Hundred 52 Watchfield
SN6 8TY Swindon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nicholas Walker (Dr.)
IXSCIENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 181 120
Address
Popes Grove 76
TW1 4JX Twickenham Middlesex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Wenn (Mr.)
PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 303 823
Address
High Tech Campus 52
5656 AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Keur (Mr.)