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A Dutch healthcare company is looking for technologies, methods and application to test the intelligence of children with severe physical disabilities.

Country of Origin: Netherlands
Reference Number: TRNL20210812001
Publication Date: 15 August 2021

Summary

A Dutch healthcare company provides rehabilitation consultation and intervention to children with severe physical disabilities. The company is looking for alternative methods of operation (e.g. eye or touch control) in order to determine the intelligence level of the child with severe physical disabilities. Companies, academics or inventors are sought to provide their own solutions or enhance existing technology via technical cooperation agreement.

Description

A Dutch healthcare company provides rehabilitation consultation and intervention to children with severe physical disabilities. 
Within the organisation a tech advice team (TAT) is active. This team helps children with disabilities, professionals and caregivers to implement technical possibilities in the field of communication, independent travel, leisure activities, at home and at school. Due to the introduction of the TAT, both extensive knowledge of the latest technologies and various resources and materials are available within the company. For example, there is a therapy computer where various control options can be applied, such as eye control, switch control and touch control.

Currently, cognitive functioning in these children cannot be measured because the available methods of operation are not adjusted for children with physical disabilities. As a consequence, the intelligence level of children with physical disabilities is frequently under- or overestimated.
By making use of alternative methods of operation (e.g. eye or touch control) , the intelligence level of the child with severe physical disabilities can be determined. As a consequence, the rehabilitation intervention can be better adjusted to the possibilities of the child, thereby increasing the level of participation.
The main question is: “How can the company adjust and improve the method of operation of intelligence testing for children with severe physical disabilities?”

The company is looking for parties who want to help them further adjusting the current methods and application to test the intelligence of children with severe physical disabilities, using innovative technology and solutions. The company aims for a technical cooperation agreement.
The company is also interested for parties who want to think along about the possible expansion of these methods to other healthcare providers. So also other agreements can be foreseen when fits the purpose.
This project is an initiative of the company’s tech advice team (TAT) as described above.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 30th of August and will close on the 4th of October. If an organization does express interest in collaboration with this company before closing date, it will be guided through this open innovation platform and be introduced to the company’s experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Next step is that the company will select the SMEs with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of the solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOIs for this technology request will be handled in the traditional way.

Expertise sought

The requested solution comprises a creative and out of the box approach and is a mix of a variety of expertise’s from straightforward eye or touch  control and software design to innovative emotion detection or recognition technology and artificial intelligence.

• Creative thinking from a customer’s perspective
• Knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI)
• Emotion detection/recognition technology
• Tech & design
• Software development
• Business process modelling
• Big data analytics
• Software integration skills

IPR status

Other

Stage Of Development

Available for demonstration

Stage Of Development Comment

The company would expect the stage of the technology to be at or beyond proof of feasibility and preferably already be proven in commercial applications.

Requested partner

The organization is looking for technical partners, SMEs, inventors and academia for the further (co-)development of the current methods and application to test the intelligence of children with severe physical disabilities, using innovative technology and solutions. It is conceivable that the collaboration will continue in de direction of the expansion of the foreseen product (test) to other markets and / or countries and stretching the business model of the current application.

The envisioned role of the partner:
• Creative thinking from a customer’s perspective
• Knowledge of artificial intelligence (AI)
• Emotion detection/recognition technology
• Tech & design
• Software development
• Business process modelling
• Big data analytics
• Software integration skills

The request comprises a further offer regarding:
• An assignment to realize a prototype or pilot
• Support and test environment
• Probability of a follow-up order, scaling up or lasting cooperation
• Interesting showcase in the Dutch health care market

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