Tendo - For people, not symptoms
|Coordinator||Tendo AB - Ideon Agora - VentureLab|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 300 000|
|Project duration||March 2017 - August 2017|
|Call||Innovativa startups fas 1 Våren 2017|
Purpose and goal
To find a functional model which can be evaluated by stakeholders. This to verify that the solution is attractive and to gather information about the potential users. The different parts of the product will be evaluated individually and, in some situations, together to exclude potential mistakes in an early stage. The goal is to reach a satisfying functional model and to make sure that the tendons are contracted in a way which is perceived as a natural and strong grip.
Expected results and effects
The complexity within the sensors was partially underestimated and this resulted in a more time consuming process than expected. The user tests were thus conducted with a greater focus on the sensor signals, something that was documented with the help from measuring instruments and video. Further analysis will be required but a satisfactory result within the framework of this project has been achieved. Regarding the mechanical solution, the result was beyond expectations. This work led to the determination of a mechanical solution. A patent application could therefore be submitted.
Planned approach and implementation
An iterative work-flow has characterized the project. To protect the company´s IP during the verification phase, a patent application was required. The mechanical part is the area with the greatest innovation potential and it was therefore initially prioritized. The functional model was not completed until the end of the project and the user test was therefore divided into several smaller parts with one area at the time. The sensors were evaluated first and in the end of the project, the focus shifted to how the contraction of the tendons is perceived which was positive.