EDUCAT is a project to develop and deliver adaptive, open and modular technology to promote independence and improve quality of life for people with motor impairment
and neurological disorders. The project aims to promote a user-centred assistive technology design, using codesign methods, involving service users, engineers,
clinicians, researchers, user-support networks and companies. The expected benefits are cost and time savings for companies (for developing technologies)
and hospitals (for care) as well as a higher efficiency of use of the technology.
Because we believe that the best innovations start from a user need, we have developed a digital platform, iTCH! (www.letsitch.eu), to build up a network which brings
together people with different skills and different nationalities. You can use this platform to share your ideas or to contribute to innovative projects regarding
technologies for a better health. A securised part is also available for data secret management.
To allow developers to test effectiveness of new medical devices or treatments through clinical trials, an open modular adaptive framework is developed. The framework consists of a cloud database, an Android tablet and an embedded hardware. Developers can merge their own sensors, systems, algorithms etc. as new modules in the overall framework, allowing cost and time effective testing. The framework allows easy setting up of clinical trials on different remote locations with different user types and roles, letting the developer focus on the data analysis, rather than facing the problem of setting up the required environment to conduct the clinical trials.The potential of a clinical value of the driving characteristics for gathering information about the wheelchair users and their need of assistance has been demonstrated. An Obstacle Detection System (OAS) and an Autonomous Parking System are avaialble. Last testings in UK are running to non wheelchair volunters (02). A study of Wheelchair market of Belgium and France (O5) is also available, including an estimate gain of 1000€ a year per person using a powerred wheelchair and OAS system.