4TU High Tech Systems VoF of Eindhoven at MEDICA 2017 in Düsseldorf -- COMPAMED Trade Fair

4TU High Tech Systems VoF

P.O. Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven
Eindhoven
Netherlands

Telephone +31 6 47553228
projectleider@4tu.nl

This company is co-exhibitor of
Task Force Health Care

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MEDICA 2017 hall map (Hall 15): stand F56

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MEDICA 2017 fairground map: Hall 15

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Electromedical equipment / Medical Technology
  • 01.08  Surgery and Endoscopy
  • 01.08.02  Surgical instruments and products

Our products

Product category: Surgical instruments and products

Tactful objects. Empowering families with children with cancer by design.

This research is part of the overarching project named Meedoen= Groeien!; result of the collaboration between the Revalidatiefonds, the Prinses Máxima Centrum for children oncology and TU Delft. The research explores how interactive objects can be designed in order to become a tactful support for children with cancer and their families during the treatment. The presence of cancer can generate emotional burden and tension inside the family and this can undermine healthy relationships and everyday dynamics.Two research prototypes have been designed in order to investigate how interactive objects can turn into tangible support to stimulate those families in maintaining  a normal and healthy life when disruptive life events like cancer occur.

 AscoltaMe, (Listen to Me in Italian),  is an object meant to  stimulate communication among family members and talk about emotions and difficult things.  It works like the a broken phone game that  children can use to leave quick messages to the parents and trigger conversations in a new and playful way.  

 Mr.V, is a smart gum-ball machine that provides joyful moments. The 'V' of Mr.V stands for Verrassing ('surprise') in Dutch. With the help of Mr.V, the child and the family collect small notes about  anything they want to share or do together, compliments and jokes. Then Mr.V will automatically drop one of the surprises during the week to remind the family to take a break from the stressful routine,  enjoy moments together and stay positive.

This research represents an example of how design and research used in sensitive settings can be combined to generate potential solutions that go beyond traditional intervention in the healthcare sector and that promote innovative research approaches. This is an in progress research that brings together new  design methods and hands-on work to reflect on how is possible to design with empathy and tactfulness when we are dealing with sensitive contexts and complex systems of users.

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Product category: Surgical instruments and products

ROBOSCULPT

Medical Robotic Technologies BV, a spin-off company from the Control Systems and Technology group of the Eindhoven University of Technology (department of Mechanical Engineering), specializes in high precision surgical robotics. With our dedicated robotic solutions, surgeons will be able to achieve the impossible, making complex surgical procedures available for larger patient groups, while at the same time reducing risks and improving patient outcome.

Our first two solutions, PRECEYES and MICROSURE, have already successfully completed the first human trials. PRECEYES is the first surgical robot to perform retinal membrane peeling and delivery of stem and gene cell therapies to the retina. MICROSURE will enable treatment of lymphedema using high precision microsurgery. Both systems have been developed in close collaboration with University Research Hospitals in the EU (Oxford University Hospital and Maastricht UMC respectively). To enable efficient development and market entry, both systems are currently further developed by dedicated teams.

Our next solution will focus on complex surgical procedures on the bone. ROBOSCULPT will enable high precision autonomous bone surgery in this area, such as cochlear implants, tumor removals and, cranio-maxillofacial surgery. Every day, complex surgical procedures are performed on the bone of the skull base region. In these time-consuming procedures, surgeons remove bone structures using razor-sharp instruments within millimetres of vital structures (e.g. nerves, blood vessels), often having very limited vision. This combination results in a high risk of complications strongly affecting the patient (including deafness, paralyzed face or problems with balance, speech and taste). With ROBOSCULPT, a project in close collaboration with the Radboud UMC (Nijmegen), we aim to develop an autonomous surgical robot that is able to perform these procedures in a minimal invasive manner. The ROBOSCULPT system will reduce the risks of complications and will make these procedures less time-consuming for the surgeon. Our system will enable precision bone surgery for a wide group of patients in an affordable and sustainable manner by using patient-specific image guided navigation.

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About us

Company details

4TU contributes to the well-being of the Netherlands by strengthening and pooling knowledge and creativity in the technology sector, and by exploiting it to maximum effect. This is why the four universities of technology (TU Delft, Eindhoven University of Technology, University of Twente and University of Wageningen) are jointly committed to strengthening and pooling their technical knowledge with the aim of producing sufficient numbers of highly qualified engineers and technical designers, of conducting outstanding and socially relevant research of an international standard, and of promoting cooperation between research institutes and businesses.

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