Product innovation

AMoRoSA: Autonomous Mobile Robots for Service Applications

The project was oriented towards autonomous mobile robots, that are products of growing interests in the consumer market (surveillance, cleaning, gardening, impaired people support, etc). In order to achieve the exploitation of the research, strong constraints were defined: the goal was to obtain low-cost products able to satisfy the requirements of the market and not …

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NanoTra: integrating nanotechnologies with the design of materials and components of the future transport systems: towards the formation of a nano -engineer

In a study by the NIH (National Institutes of Health, in the USA) reported in Science in 2006 to identify ‘Grand Challenges for Global Health’, two of the 14 priorities involved diagnosis and measurement of patients’ health statuses: first ‘’develop technologies that allow assessment of individuals for multiple conditions or pathogens at point-of-care’’, and second …

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NDT: Nanobiotechnologies for diagnostics and innovative therapies: opportunities and scenarios

In a study by the NIH (National Institutes of Health, in the USA) reported in Science in 2006 to identify ‘Grand Challenges for Global Health’, two of the 14 priorities involved diagnosis and measurement of patients’ health statuses: first ‘’develop technologies that allow assessment of individuals for multiple conditions or pathogens at point-of-care’’, and second …

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BR.I.NA: Contents and technologies for the next-generation wide-band access

Wide-band technology is a “fact” which allows the present access to advanced telephone services, internet and video-on-demand. Meanwhile, the most quoted observers foresee that the present wide-band is just the beginning of a further evolution which will provide customers with an even larger bands, both to improve the present services and to offer new ones. …

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F.L.A.G. – Future of Lenses and Glasses

The sponsoring company Luxottica suggested two separate streams of research: developing new products or improving the current production process located in Lauriano (To). Thinking about such broad themes as emerging technologies, product features, changes in society at large and consumers’ behaviour was required. Research on the improvement of the current production process led students to …

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B²M: The broadcasting revolution: social impacts and opportunities

Almost everyone watches television, nowadays. And we all have a mobile phone in our pockets! Could you imagine, then, an unsuccessful future for TV over a mobile phone? Before launching of the service, just few years ago, not even the most visionary individuals would have imagined such large problems in penetrating the market. But the …

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Home Textile for Tomorrow

Home Textile for Tomorrow is a project whose objective is the development of potential scenarios in terms of products, markets, features desired and technologies which are related to the home of tomorrow as well their validation through strategies and actions linked to textile industry needs; these products and technologies would be developed in cooperation with …

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SensoBot: Sensors and control for societal robots

In 2004, sales in non-industrial robots has surpassed sales in industrial robots, thus making evident the long-expected distribution of robots in the society. The successful market deployment of such devices often depends on the availability of low-cost, reliable, well-suited sensors and control devices, integrated with a market-effective robotic body. The aims of this project included …

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SmartCopter: Sensor-vision-enabled autonomous robotic helicopter for civil applications in urban environments

Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles (UAVs) are being developed by the aeronautical community at a fast pace and for a wide range of applications due to advances in sensor technology and automation. Missions which are best suited for UAV platforms are typically “dull, dirty and dangerous”. Among such missions, there are a number of operational scenarios which …

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