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Sensing Future Technologies


ICT for Health Company

Scientific area(s)

2.3 Mechanical engineering

Brief description

Sensing Future Technologies Lda (SFT) designs, develops and implements medical devices with a high degree of innovation, functionality and applicability. Sensing Future Technologies is mainly dedicated to five main areas: Stabilometry and Baropodometry: Balance and Pressure Application cases / situations: • Physical Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, sports medicine, audiology, podometry and orthopedics We are looking end users! • Physical / cognitive rehabilitation centers, as well as research centers focused in human movement Our know-how: • PhysioSensing ( Robotics, Haptic Devices and Telemedicine Application cases / situations: • Long distance medical exams, medical training, motion recovery for patients with limited mobility, among others. We are looking for: • University hospitals looking for applications in this area Our know-how: • Expertise in robotics using Universal Robots and Kinova. Project ROSE - Robot Sensing for Tele-Ecography ( Monitoring for Homes and Hospitals (Healthcare IoT) Application cases / situations: • Monitoring for hospitals and emergency services. Monitoring for homes We are looking for: • University hospitals looking for applications in this area Our know-how: • HELp (Monitoring for Homes and Hospitals (Healthcare IoT) Application cases / situations: • Monitoring for hospitals and emergency services. Monitoring for homes We are looking for: • University hospitals looking for applications in this area Our know-how: • HELp ( Virtual Reality in Vestibular Rehabilitation Application cases / situations: • Evaluation of physical and cognitive disturbances • Stimulation of physical and cognitive rehabilitation We are looking for: • Companies seeking innovative products in physical rehabilitation • Universities / research centres with scientific know-how Fall Risk for elderly people Application cases / situations: • Evaluation of fall risk in just a few minutes and suggestion of intervention plans We are looking for: • End users to utilize our technology Our know-how: • FallSensing ( Sensing Future Technologies Lda. has experience and high-level knowledge in instrumentation, automation, acquisition data systems, robotics, biofeedback systems, data processing and database, hardware and software development, supported by technicians with solid knowledge in the fields of Mechanical, Electrical, Biomedical and Computer Engineering. The team also has a high know-how in physical rehabilitation and biomechanics, due to the various projects in which it is involved. Sensing Future Technologies Lda was founded in 2011, sustained by synergies from higher education school and the business world, which is represented in their partners. All promoters have experience in R&D projects: one of them has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering; the another promoter is the company Controlar, which has over 20 years of consolidated experience in the fields of industrial automation, robotics, artificial vision, test systems and instrumentation. Controlar is currently in an internationally expanding period through participation in companies EIIT and 3IT (Spain). Since its creation, Sensing Future also has had various collaborations with universities. The ability of its promoters already allowed Sensing Future Technologies to bring to market two commercial products. In this route, Sensing Future realized several tasks, such as: • Technical tasks: Data acquisition in real time, development of hardware and software and development of user interfaces; • Clinical tests for product validation; • Product certification (ISO 13485); • Dissemination in national and international fairs (eg: MEDICA-Dusseldorf, RE?E?DUCA-Paris, and other events). Currently, the company participates in various National and EU research projects. The main products and projects are the following: PhysioSensing - Biofeedback Visual for Rehabilitation Activities Smartherapy - Medical registration SmartHip - Intelligent hip prosthesis (EU Project) SocketMaster - Optimized comfort on a prosthesis for lower limbs (EU Project) FallSensing - Evaluation and prevention of fall risk (National Project) ROSE – Robot Sensing for Tele-Ecography (National Project) Relevant publications • 2017 – Joana Silva, Joa?o Madureira, Cla?udia Tonelo, Daniela Baltazar, Catarina Silva, Anabela Martins, Carlos Alcobia and Ine?s Sousa “Comparing Machine Learning Approaches for Fall Risk Assessment”, 10th International Conference on Bio- inspired Systems and Signal Processing, 2017, Porto, Portugal, pp.223-230. • 2016 - Anabela Martins, Joana Silva, Anto?nio Santos, Joa?o Madureira, Carlos Alcobia, Lui?s Ferreira, Pedro Mendes, Cla?udia Tonelo, Catarina Silva, Daniela Baltazar, Ine?s Sousa. “Case - based study of metrics derived from instrumented fall risk assessment tests”, 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, 2016, Nice, France, 15 (suppl), pp. 106. • 2014 - Carlos Alcobia, Rui Costa, Luis Ferreira, Pedro Mendes, “Promoting Visual Biofeedback Through the Medical Device for Physical Therapy and Physical and Rehabilitative Medicine", Proceedings of the International Conference Physics2014, 7-9 January 2014, Lisbon, Portugal. • 2013 - Luis Roseiro, Carlos Alcobia, Augusta Neto, Pedro Carvalhais, ”Comparative experimental evaluation procedure with and without lubrication in preparing and cutting the bone in knee arthroplasty,” TecnoHospital - Journal of Engineering and Management of Health, No. 57, May/June 2013, pp. 16-19. • 2013 - Carlos Alcobia, Lui?s Roseiro, Pedro Carvalhais, Augusta Neto - “Infrared Thermography in Knee Arthroplasty”, 5th National Congress of Biomechanics, Espinho, Portugal, February 2013. • 2011 - Luis Roseiro, Carlos Alcobia, Pedro Carvalhais, Antoine Costa, Dahmane Bairi - “The influence of forced cooling in temperature, polymerization time and mechanical properties of bone cement”, 4 National Congress of Biomechanics, Coimbra, Portugal, February 2011. • 2007 - Alcobia, C.J.O.P.J.. Environmental Ergonomics in vehicles. PhD Thesis in Mechanical Engineering. Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra. 319 pp Relevant actions • 2015 - European Project number 645239, called SocketMaster, supported by Horizon 2020 (Topic: ICT-02-2014 - Smart System Integration). • 2015 – European Project number 606335, called SMART-HIP, supported by FP7- SME-2013 (Research for the benefit of SMEs). • 2014 - Health Sensing Platform, supported by the Portuguese Incentive System for R&D. • 2014 - Smartherapy (Sensing Future) - solution support to activities of clinical records for physical rehabilitation. Consists of data input software with remotely access. • 2013 - PhysioSensing (Sensing Future) - solution support to activities of physical rehabilitation. Consist in a force platform and a chair that are associated with a software and in real time promotes visual biofeedback and objective data to patients and health professionals. Relevant infrastructure Sensing Future Technologies Lda features the following infrastructure / equipment: • Installations for R&D activities with tools for development electronic, software and mechanical engineering design; • Several data acquisition and control systems; • Several types of communication protocols; • Several sensors (accelerometers, load cells, temperature, potentiometer, among others). • Tools and equipment for electronic development; • Vision Systems; • Automation Systems.


Mailing address

Rua Pedro Nunes, Instituto Pedro Nunes, Bloco E

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Contact person

Luís Ferreira

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  • Telephone

    916 772 399

Last edited on

2018-07-20 16:22:07

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