Development and evaluation of health preventive working glove
|Högskolan i Skövde - Institutionen för ingenjörsvetenskap
|Funding from Vinnova
|SEK 500 000
|November 2015 - May 2016
|Challenge-Driven Innovation – Stage 1 initiation
Purpose and goal
The project has two aims, to develop prototypes that show possibilities as well as create a project group for a follow-up project. Gloves, with sensors at the thumb and wrist, together with a tablet for in real time visualising exposure, were developed. These were very much appreciated. The glove and tablet can used in work training situations and then assessing in workstations. A strong project team was formed and an application for a follow-up project is handed in. Both goals with the initiation project are achieved.
Expected results and effects
Two major results from the project is delivered, one follow-up application and a number of glove prototypes. The prototypes measure thumb pressure and joint angles in wrist. In real time exposure is visualised on a tablet. The glove and tablet can be used in work training situations and then assessing in workstations. The effects of work training with feedback on sustainable working behaviour and the possibility to quantify exposure in work places assessments are supposed to improve individuals health and company´s productivity.
Planned approach and implementation
Prototypes of different sizes were develop to show functionality. Cost and possibility to mass produce the glove were not considered. The prototypes were presented and used at Scania, Volvo Cars and Volvo Trucks. The presentation and tests were done in conference rooms and training facilities. The companies appreciated the prototypes. To develop prototypes and let the end user test and give feedback from tests in possible future situations is a winning way of working to develop a user friendly and attract product.