In the period between 18th December 2017 and 20 September 2019, the SmartEEs project organized a Call for Application Experiments with 5 cut – off dates following which the evaluation process of all received application experiments was carried out. As a result of a competitive selection process, 20 Application Experiments (AE) were selected and conducted to demonstrate the transfer of flexible electronics technologies into new products, processes, business models and business opportunities.
Application Experiments were implemented as small collaborative projects equipped with skills and means necessary for reaching defined objectives. Application Experiment consortia typically consisted of 3-4 partners including members of the SmartEEs consortium.
Each selected Application Experiment benefited from a range of technical services provided by SmartEEs competence centres (CEA, CPI, TNO, VTT, EUT, FHG, and IMEC), and a set of non-technical services provided by SmartEEs innovation and business developers – BLM, EBN and AMI. Please check the Marketplace Showroom in you wish to discover more than 35 flexible electronics technologies available from competence centres, and please consult the table below for all SmartEEs non-technical services.
|Product development||Management of product development||To support each IC in considering the right design taking into account design to cost, environmental constraints, regulations, and manufacturability|
|IP management||To optimize IP management to generate good value and differentiation for the IC. This is especially important to further attract private investment and customers.|
|Supply chain development and management||To support each IC in identifying the right suppliers, manufacturers and partners along the entire supply chain.|
|Business support||Business case validation||To support each IC in validating the relevance of its innovation opportunity for value creation|
|Market validation – voice of the customer||To support IC in finding the right approach to gather market feedback early on in its product development phase|
|Unique value proposition and business model definition||To support IC in defining its unique value proposition and business model via a mentoring service|
|Business model development||To support IC with brokerage activities through SMARTEES network|
|Access to finance||Validation of business plans||Support IC with good methodology to build and validate business plan|
|Sourcing public funds||Advise IC in the best financing strategy and introduction of support and potential financial partners|
Public Evaluation Reports
If you would like to know more about the evaluation results of the SmartEEs 5 cut-off dates, please download the Public Evaluation Reports.
Selected Application Experiments (AEs)
|Application Experiment title||Innovative Company||Technology partner||Business partner||Sector|
|IoT Flex Node||Small Data Garden (FIN)||VTT (FIN)||AMI (CZ)||Logistics / Packaging|
|ORIGAMO||ItoM Medical (NL)||CPI (UK)||BLM (FR)||Health|
|TEMOSEN||MOVESOLE (FIN)||TNO (NL)||BLM (FR)||Health|
|2nd cut-off||Application Experiment title||Innovative Company||Technology partner||Business partner||Sector|
|FLxE-UTAG||UWINLOC (FR)||EUT (ES)||BLM (FR)||Logistics / Packaging|
|SMARTWOOD||SAS WOODOO (FR)||FHG (DE)||AMI (CZ)||Automotive|
|ETS||La manufacture à Félix (FR)||CEA (FR)||EBN (BE)||Sports|
|3rd cut-off||Application Experiment title||Innovative Company||Technology partner||Business partner||Sector|
|Flexcap||Bitbrain||CEA (FR)||BLM (FR)||Health|
|DIGITAG||Tagenea S.L.||IMEC (BE)||BLM (FR)||Logistics|
|4th cut-off||Application Experiment title||Innovative Company||Technology partner||Business partner||Sector|
|O.light||ESYST s.r.o.||FHG (DE)||AMI (CZ)||Building|
|HELIOS||GUARRO CASAS||CEA (FR)||AMI (CZ)||Building|
|NANOENVI||Envira IOT||VTT (FIN)||BLM (FR)||Building|
|GAITKeeper||BlackTop Labs BV||EUT (ES)||EBN (BE)||Health|
|FLXilight||IDEA SRL||TNO (NL)||AMI (CZ)||Building|
|3DMA||Prototypen & Sonderlösungen||FHG (DE)||EBN (BE)||Building|
|FETCHING||I. PANARETOU – CH. KOSTOPOULOS O.E. (OPTIONSNET)||CPI (UK)||EBN (BE)||Sports|
|Flexible – FENPS||Automatización del Internet de las Cosas, SL.||EUT (ES)||AMI (CZ)||Health|
|5th cut-off||Application Experiment title||Innovative Company||Technology partner||Business partner||Sector|
|Get||Deed S.r.L.||TNO (NL)||BLM (FR)||Consumer electronics|
|RFLEX||Ab Acus s.r.l.||EUT (ES)||BLM (FR)||Health|
|BOSET||IDEA SOC.COOP.||IMEC (BE)||AMI (CZ)||Health|
|SmartK7||FUELIUM S.L.||VTT (FIN)||AMI (CZ)||Health|
Innovative Companies (ICs)
Movesole acquires a development case in SMARTEES with smart app assisted insoles for the medical domain
Movesole Ltd produces smart shoe insoles to measure force and pressure under the feet. Data is collected through smart phone informing the user on track control and feet position. The product is especially developed for the sports and consumer market.
The company is now entering the medical domain with their 2nd generation product. Thereto, Movesole requested SMARTEES to assist in optimizing product design and at the same time include novel sensors to the product.
The challenge in building a smart insole as a medical device is quite big. The smart insole must be robust and reliable in a tough environment including mechanical stress, moisture, sweat, indoor and outdoor usage, and extreme temperature changes all integrated in a 2 dimensional product. Hybrid printed electronics is potentially suitable to meet this challenges.
In the project SMARTEES will utilize SOTA printing techniques completed with the latest sensor development to make the 2nd generation InSOLE, including robustness and quality at a right price point.
La manufacture to implement project ETS together with the SmartEEs team
La manufacture is a non-tech equipment manufacturer of sporting articles made of wood for leisure activities. Our company is located in Garlin, France close to Pyrénées mountains.
Our objective in participating in Smartees project is to develop an IOT version of our products. Our need is indeed to improve technical aspect and confirm the market opportunity of our concept. That is true reason why we are looking for a solution to join IOT technologies in our products in order to provide services to the end user.
SmartEEs flexible electronics to be used by Woodoo for the project SMARTWOOD
Woodoo develops and manufactures translucent wood finished products. The company has developed and patented a new generation of wood materials with advanced physical and optical properties : translucent, touch-sensitive and weatherproof. The material won 25 international innovation awards in 2017, and is to be used for novel wood human-machine interface application in car interiors. Through SmartEEs, we would like to use flexible electronics, more precisely FOLED screens, to be combined with our translucent-tactile wood interface for 3D touch-sensitive dashboards elements.
UWINLOC will integrate flexible electronics to develop flexible tags with project FLxE-UTAG
UWINLOC has developed the world’s first IoT BATTERY-LESS tag for industrial indoor positioning. Its competitive cost makes it affordable for companies to track a high volume of goods at 30cm precision in order to optimize stock and production flows while avoiding manual inventories.
Before UWINLOC, there were no existing solutions available in the market to locate high volumes of assets at high precision. With its current product offer, UWINLOC is improving the current cutting edge asset tracking, however, the product itself has not yet reached an optimum level of specifications to fully address the market opportunity across multiple sectors.
The SmartEEs Application Experiment will focus on the rigid PCB and aims to integrate flexible electronics to develop a flexible tag. The main challenge is to transfer the standard PCB design onto a flexible PCB technology.
TAGENEA to develop smart labels for the retail industry thanks to SmartEES
Currently, the offline sales channels of the retailers are suffering an aggressive global competition with a lack of tools to be able to compete with the dynamic e-commerce strategies. The market opportunity is to facilitate the final customers with a complete omni-channel experience, to provide tools for the offline retailers to quickly synchronise with the market trends and the e-commerce, and also to reduce the cost of the current manual tagging work.
This Application Experiment (AE) aims to innovate and co-create a new generation of smart labels for the retail industry, able to provide a full omni-channel experience for both the customers and the retailers. TAGENEA has been selected by the SMARTEES initiative in order to develop its 1st generation of innovative products and also to accelerate the integration of flexible electronic technologies into novel products.
TAGENEA S.L. is a newly created company with the aim to lead the label-digitalization of the retail-fashion industry by developing innovative and smart labels in order to physically show digital information.
OptionsNet is taking its developments efforts to a new level with FETCHING AE, as the compnay is planning to integrate flexible electronics into its current SaMMY platform; creating ‘Smart Marinas’
OptionsNet is strategically focused on Maritime ICT domain, developed systems & solutions for this sector. More specifically, they have a commercial marina platform that makes marine called SaMMY (Smart Agile Management of Marinas and Yachts). The SaMMY platform is fully operational in Patras Port and it is equipped with multifunctional sensors (ultrasound, sound level, water quality, weather etc.). All these devices are interconnected with an IoT gateway that collects data in real-time and it sends them in a cloud infrastructure.
The company is now looking to integrate flexible electronics into the SaMMY platform and has been granted assistance through the SmartEEs project to do so, enabling expansion of the platforms IOT capability and functionality. CPI is the technical service provider who will assist in integrating novel lighting and photovoltaic technologies. In addition to technical assistance, EBN will provide OptionsNet with the business mentoring to ensure that they are equipped with the knowledge to access funding, target markets and have the tools to achieve benefits from the commercialisation of SaMMY with flexible electronic features.
BlackTop has partnered with SmartEEs to further develop GAITKeeper
BlackTop Labs BV designs and develops connected, wearable devices for motion analysis- our vision is to catalyze personalized rehabilitation and athletic training to promote improved patient outcomes and injury prevention.
Our first product, the GAITKeeperTM, is a combination of compression pants that integrate flexible electronics and a software application. The flexible electronics are integrated sensors that wirelessly transfer data to the algorithm for interpretation. The outputs represent muscle activity and coordination with movement patterns, allowing our software to output actionable data that is highly scalable into niche markets including orthopaedic rehabilitation, stroke recovery, and training guidelines.
Wouter Welling, expert sports scientist at MCZ Groningen (PlusPractice known for optimal care) says the GAITKeeperTM is the future of rehabilitation – quantitative data is necessary for therapy centers to profit, to facilitate eHealth, and for value-based reimbursement documentation.
BlackTop has partnered with SmartEEs to further develop their validated proof of concept device by developing a method of attachment for their sensor platform into a textile design that facilitates seamless data collection.
Flexible OLED and 3D wood composite (3DMA) for a touch-sensitive Smart Home device
The enterprise “Prototypen & Sonderlösungen” is a supplier of design services, developments and production of wood prototypes, -products and -materials. One of these developments is 3DMA, a patented wood-based composite in which shields, functional elements and electronic components, as well as printed organic electronics can be implemented (wood with integrated electronics). Based on this we manufacture electronic devices, modules, smart surfaces and interfaces from wood. The technical solution is open to electronic components and software solutions from third parties. The use of such new combined wood-high-tech products is located in the premium product range of various markets, e.g. aviation, yacht and building interiors.
Within SmartEEs we create a design product prototype with a combination of flexible OLED and 3D wood composite (3DMA) to a touch-sensitive Smart Home device together with Fraunhofer FEP. The opportunities of such a product are not only of great interest to the numerous smart home appliance manufacturers worldwide, rather to the entire electronics products market. With 3DMA we enable our customers to emphasize in the market with high-tech design products and thus open up completely new customer groups.
An important role within SmartEEs plays our business partner EBN, who actively supports us in business case validation, supply chain development, investor preparation and fundraising.
This section will include a lit of all public deliverables of the selected Application Experiments. Stay tuned for more information.