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Design driven development of touch sensitive luminous flexible plastics for applications in care & well-being

Objective

In Light.Touch.Matters, product designers and material researchers will collaborate to jointly develop a fully new generation of smart materials that combine touch sensitivity with luminosity, based on latest developments in polymeric piezo materials and flexible OLEDs. Manufactured on plastic substrates, these novel ‘light touch materials’ will be thin, flexible and formable, allowing seamless integration into products. They promise to greatly expand design freedom and unlock totally new modes of product-user interaction, enabling us to take the next step in product design: using touch sensitivity and luminosity to produce simple, affordable and intuitive user interfaces so that eventually ‘the product becomes the user interface’. Light.Touch.Matters focuses on products for care and well-being applications that can help consumers feel better, monitor or improve their health and increase comfort, such as rehabilitation aids, wearable alarms, and diet coaches, though we expect strong spin-off to other sectors. Light.Touch.Matters will use a proprietary design-driven research methodology based a comprehensive body of industrial product design knowledge that has been built up over the past decades. It consists of iterated cycles of materials-inspired and design-driven materials research with direct and prolonged design-researcher interaction, leading to a convergence of the conceptual designs and feasible materials in 4-6 interaction showcases. Analysis of results will include end user value, commercial value and environmental impact (LCA/critical materials). The design-driven research on integrated piezo plastics and OLEDs can directly contribute to innovation and competitiveness in a large number of related sectors, many of which are strategic to the EU: not only design, (health)care and consumer goods, but also the chemical, automotive and printing industries, as well as mechanical-, electrical-, packaging- and systems engineering.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/physiotherapy
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/hiv

Call for proposal

FP7-NMP-2012-SME-6
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 768 517
Administrative Contact
Erik Tempelman (Dr.)

Participants (17)

TREND UNION SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 77 416
Address
Boulevard Saint Jacques 30
75014 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sophie Carlier (Mrs.)
DIFFUS DESIGN IS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 133 917
Address
Gasvaerksvej 10A St Th
1656 Kobenhavn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guglielmi Michel (Mr.)
FUELFOR DESIGN AND CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 139 901,80
Address
Calle Diputacio 293 / 1 / 2
08009 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lekshmy Parameswaran (Mrs.)
FJORD SPAIN SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 134 964,75
Address
Paseo De Gracia - 4 2 58
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andy Goodman (Mr.)
PILOTFISH GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 147 255
Address
Schleissheimer Strasse 6
80333 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Nagel (Mr.)
LAMB INDUSTRIES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 910,80
Address
Tollbridge Road
BA1 7DE Bath
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
James Lamb (Mr.)
MINIMA DESIGN LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 96 576
Address
Station Road Technology Centre Framlingham
IP139EZ Ipswich
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nick Field (Mr.)
VANBERLO BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 145 965
Address
Zwaanstraat 31A
5651 CA Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pascal Snelders (Mr.)
GRADO ZERO ESPACE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 139 365
Address
Via Nove 2/A
50056 Montelupo Fiorentino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giada Dammacco (Mrs.)
AITO INTERACTIVE OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 273 420
Address
Tietajantie
02130 Espoo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rene De Vries (Mr.)
MATERIAL CONNEXION ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 165 578,40
Address
Via Del Conservatorio 17
20121 Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Emilio Genovesi (Mr.)
BAX INNOVATION CONSULTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 190 360
Address
Calle Casp 116-118, 5
08013 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Menno Van Rijn (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 367 607,25
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pim Groen (Dr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 508 392,40
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Waller (Ms.)
UCL Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women’s Health
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 264 200
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giles Machell (Mr.)
MAELARDALENS HOEGSKOLA

Participation ended

Sweden
EU contribution
€ 58 446
Address
Hogskoleplan 1
721 23 Vasteras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Caroline Blomberg (Mrs.)
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 357,60
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Catellani (Dr.)