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Smart tools for the Prescription of orthopaedic Insoles and Footwear

Objective

The project is based on an identified market gap: podiatrists often lack knowledge and experimental data to decide which specific shoe-insole combination-and their corresponding materials-are suitable for a patient. The project aims at developing a set of computer tools to assist a podiatrist in achieving the best therapeutic prescription for a patient. SMARTPIF will provide them with a tool to obtain a prediction of pressures to be exerted in whatever point of the foot during a gait cycle by means of a particular shoe-insole combination and a specific set of materials. Moreover, the patient will be able to virtually try-on the selected shoes (not yet manufactured/not available at the podiatric clinic). The system will produce technological products and devices to be commercialized and the full integration system: 4D scanning device to digitise the patient's foot in dynamic conditions; software to predict foot pressures and visualise in 3D (over patient's digitised foot); insole design software and a virtual mirror for visualization of selected shoes, superimposed onto the real image of the patient. 4 RTDs will lead the RTD activities, under the perspective of the (user and/or market) needs and application possibilities of 5 SMEs that connect the project with the market. They bring together expertise in all required areas: biomechanics, clinical health care treatment, footwear and insoles design and customisation, software development, 3D imaging and scanning neural networks. The challenge will be to provide podiatrists with tools that will allow them to create a footwear-insole prescription suitable for the specific pathology of patients, in a user-friendly environment, without requiring complex technical operations. The podiatric sector will be the focus. Lack of awareness by podiatrists regarding footwear-insole needs of their patients and poor availability of tools to assist them create a significant barrier for SMEs trying to access these markets.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/software development
  • /medical and health sciences/basic medicine/pathology
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational intelligence

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2012
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO DEL CALZADO Y CONEXAS
Address
C/ Alemania 102 Poligono Industrial Campo Alto
03600 Elda Alicante
Spain
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 31 858,90
Administrative Contact
Enrique Montiel (Dr.)

Participants (8)

Alu Group S.L.
Spain
EU contribution
€ 136 831
Address
C/ Ilicitano Ausente 14
03202 Elche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Molina (Mr.)
BIOMECH TECHNOLOGIES INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 212 560
Address
Earls Road 93
CV11 5HP Nuneaton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Paul Lawless (Mr.)
EUROSUOLE SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 343
Address
Via Pertini Zona Industriale A 8
62012 Civitanova Marche
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Rosaria Ercoli (Ms.)
LION SYSTEMS SA
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 223 209
Address
Rue Du Commerce - Ecostart 2
3895 Foetz
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marc Schmiz (Mr.)
UNIDAD DE PIE DIABETICO SL

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 88 041
Address
Avda Valle De La Ballestera 52 Bajo
46015 Valencia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angel Camp (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
United Kingdom
Address
The Crescent 43
M5 4WT Salford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Chris Nester (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Avenida Blasco Ibanez 13
46010 Valencia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angeles Sanchis Polo (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma 22
60121 Ancona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michele Germani (Prof.)