Fall 2019 Program Participants
September 2019 – December 2019
Augmented reality content creation made easy (patent pending). AR Experts digitize knowledge of workers in factories to improve and facility training, being the are leader for AR based training content creation in manufacturing. The core of our business is a Software (SaaS) which allows it to intuitively record the process knowledge of your workers and “stick” it to the workplace using Augmented Reality Technology. Ones the process was stuck to the workplace, other employees can go to that workplace using their AR glasses or smartphones and “learn” the process by themselves. AR Experts are selling our software (& hardware) solution already to most of the “metal” industrial companies of the German DAX: BMW, Volkswagen, Siemens, Daimler, Eon, and we are working on partnerships with SAP and Airbus.
The interest in reducing dependence on oil and an increasing global awareness of the environment serve as a stimulus for the search for alternatives to conventional plastics obtained from fossil sources. One of these alternatives is the use of packaging made of polymers obtained from fully-renewable sources, which can be simultaneously biodegradable and edible. The use of edible coatings and films can help minimize these losses. Edible coatings are considered a semi permeable layer, which can be applied to food products, promoting the effect of a passive modified atmosphere, thus contributing to extend the shelf life of product. Basically, they are composed by natural macromolecules, plasticizing agents, pH adjusters, solvents and additives that can promote several functions like antimicrobial effect, antioxidant effect, flavour release and others. These edible coatings help to further food conservation, through reduction of mass transfer (i.e. gas, vapours, lipids, etc.) and they do not produce residues neither cause negative effects on the environment, therefore they are a fully sustainable technology. The application of edible coatings to fruits has been pointed out as a low-cost technique and therefore, feasible for use by local farmers, small agro-industry and even consumers, because it uses simple technology and does not require high investment in equipment. In this context, the technology of our project consists of three biodegradable and edible products for the food industry: a) coatings, b) flexible films and c) rigid foams. All these products are specifically formulated with starch blends and bioactive compounds in order to extended shelf life of fruits and vegetables (e.g. strawberries, cherries, grapes) as well as to produce functional packaging for food, either processed or not. The technology of edible materials for food packaging will have a relevant environmental-socio-economic impact derived from a drastic plastic reduction while guaranteeing high-quality food products for the consumer.
Technological advances and social awareness towards more sustainable mobility have allowed the appearance of new mobility devices, such as scooters and electric bicycles, drones, and new autonomous robots that will become popular. Despite advances in batteries in recent decades, progress in these energy sources is slowing down, while the needs of electrical devices continue to rise. Therefore, device manufacturers, researchers and governments are making a great effort in the search for alternatives to lithium batteries. The POWER-MOB project proposes the use of power generators based on ceramic fuel cells (SOFC) manufactured by 3D printing as an alternative to traditional batteries. These fuel cells, unlike batteries, these generators are powered by hydrogen and have greater autonomy with immediate recharging, since you only need to change the fuel cartridge, they are also lighter than current batteries. Its manufacture by 3D printing allows the generation of integrated monolithic devices that have greater compactness as well as greater mechanical resistance and thermal shock, making them, unlike classic SOFCs, suitable for portable applications. Furthermore, due to its manufacture by 3D printing, its power and shape can be adapted in a simple way to the needs of the desired application. This prototype will provide an approximate power of 200 W, enough to operate a commercial electric scooter. The fuel cell is the core of the proposed energy source.
MICK is the first multi-target microbiome testing software solution for healthcare providers and therapeutics/probiotics testing, developed with the most cutting-edge bioinformatics technology. MICK makes microbiome testing easy, fast and accessible as never before: its three usability layers make it enjoyable by different cohorts of stakeholders: layer 1 for experts (needing in-depth analysis and stats); layer 2 for healthcare providers (needing information about microbiome composition and alteration; disease risk and infections) ; layer 3 for nutritionists (needing actionable information about nutrition, metabolism and digestion). Same data, same analysis, 3 layers of actionability, designed for and with our target users. MICK has 99% precision and recall power and is device-agnostic as it supports next-generation sequencing data produced by every NGS machine on the market. It can purchased as a SaaS or as a License (for clients provided with a sequencer) or as a end-to-end service (for clients needing sample collection and sequencing service as well).
Nanosfun research group has a large experience in switchable chromogenic and emissive nanomaterials, responsive to light (photochromic and fluorescent), temperature (thermochromic) and pH (halochromic). More recently, the group has specialized in designing and obtaining highly elaborated switchable phase-change-materials (PCM)-based nanoparticles that can simultaneously respond to multiple stimuli (e.g. temperature and light) and deliver different optical effects (e.g. reversible or irreversible colour/fluorescence changes). Moreover, these materials may include further key add-ons that make them even more interesting in certain applications. Of particular relevance is the technology is at the moment in the patenting process in which the light induced optical change could be designed to occur only above certain power thresholds and/or using non-conventional excitation wavelengths (including near-infrared radiation). With this large portfolio of materials presenting different degrees of complexity and synergic effects Nanosfun is planning the creation of a new spin-off company (Chromink) to commercialize these technologies. These materials would be structured as nanoparticles and commercialized as inks or paints that could be used to prepare plastic films, coatings, printed papers with multiresponsive and multifunctional properties.