Tendo - a new quality of life for people with grip related constraints
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 891 890|
|Project duration||November 2018 - October 2019|
|Call||Innovative Startups Step 2 autumn 2018|
Purpose and goal
Tendo AB has developed a minimalist assistive robotic technology that helps individuals to grip, hold and release objects intuitively. The purpose and aim of the project was to take the step from prototype to a validated so-called DemoVersion. Despite challenges with a delayed supplier, the project could continued and the company has not only developed a new version of the technology that is significantly closer to a commercialized product, but has also validated the technology with the users and stakeholders.
Expected results and effects
The project has enabled us to present a DemoVersion of our validated technology - a slim solution that weighs less than 200 grams and looks, from an aesthetics perspective, like an attractive product - not a prototype. In addition to our technical progress, there were more positive outcomes from the project. Examples are a new patent application, new and deeper understanding of user´s requirements and an opportunity to demonstrate our technology at our industry´s World Congress in Japan this year - an important confirmation from the industry´s leading players.
Planned approach and implementation
Before project start, the main responsibility for each project was assigned to one team member, whose task was to lead the work and report progress to the coordinator and other members. All projects affect each other and a close collaboration was necessary. One sub-project was very delayed due to a delayed supplier, but thanks to creative solutions, the other sub-projects were able to proceed with minor modifications and redistribution of hours. Overall, the collaboration worked well, but some projects turned out to be bigger than expected. We, therefore, had to hire a project employee.