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Citius, Altius, Sanius

Injuries prevention and performance improvement
in both amateur and top-level sport


Plux is proud to announce that as part of its endeavor to extend its line of products to the sports market, we were invited, and will be participating in a 6.2M€ research fund that will target injuries prevention and improve performance in both amateur and top-level sport.

 
We will be participating on the Citius, Altius, Sanius (Faster, Higher, Healthier), a Dutch research project. The research is being conducted by an alliance of eight universities and university medical centers and six universities of applied sciences who will collaborate on the project with NOC*NSF (Dutch Olympic Committee/Dutch Sports Federation), more than 20 businesses (including Royal Dutch Gazelle, Adidas and insurance company Zilveren Kruis), several sports associations, including those representing Football (KNVB), Hockey (KNHB), Baseball (KNBSB) and Tennis (KNLTB), sports teams (including Team Sunweb), sports physicians and sports physiotherapy practices.

Plux’s engineering contribution intends to develop methods and systems to facilitate the identification of injury risk factors related to load and coordination (together with KNLTB and KNBSB), by using, but not limited to, normative data, as well as modification of those factors in tennis and baseball by performing timing diagnosis analysis. The challenge is to then develop, a feedback system that provides information on the (accumulated) load and key coordination parameters, based on power flow models and ligament loading estimates. Based on this data, the feedback to the athlete should allow for rehabilitation at home with a graded return to sport.
 
We will also be contributing to the project with our products, physioplux EXPERT, our equipment geared towards EMG analysis of key timing indicators for asymptomatic versus symptomatic side comparison and physioplux GO equipment’s or mobile platform for EMG training and assessment.
 
With such a heterogeneous consortium, we believe that the potential for success is huge, due to its engrained roots, both on the market, the athlete’s and the researchers ecosystem.

fNIRs Press Release

PLUX and Charles River Analytics launch a new miniaturized fNIRS sensor with high-quality signal and available at a fraction of current systems costs

Lisbon, Portugal; Boston, Massachusetts

 

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Biomedical engineering company PLUX and R&D company Charles River Analytics announced the joint commercial launch of a new miniaturized wireless fNIRS sensor that captures high-quality signal at a fraction of the current systems costs.

Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS) sensors measure the red and infrared light reflectance in the cortical tissue. These sensors are typically applied on the forehead and can be used to estimate blood oxygen saturation level in the brain tissue.

The new fNIRS sensor was developed under a US Army project called “A system for augmenting training by Monitoring, Extracting, and Decoding Indicators of Cognitive Workload” (MEDIC)*, and a US Air Force contract called an “Adaptive toolkit for the Assessment and augmentation of Performance by Teams in Real time (ADAPTER)”. The sensor is being used as part of an unobtrusive set of biosignals sensors and advanced data processing software to automatically sense indicators of cognitive workload to augment performance observations, offering insight into factors underlying that performance.

Dr. Bethany Bracken, project lead researcher, stated that such an unobtrusive system to measure cognitive state will be useful across multiple domains including to make laboratory-based experiments easier and portable into real-world environments, to assess training and teaching curriculum effectiveness and tailor training curriculum to the needs of each student, and during testing and evaluation of new tools early in the design phase to streamline development of intuitive tools.

PLUX Chairman, Prof. Hugo Gamboa states that this collaboration exemplifies how PLUX deep engineering capabilities and expertise with Biosignals support the design of innovative sensor solutions for various fields of use.

Both companies confirm that they are developing an even more robust and integrated sensor solution, together with additional support software, and are expecting to patent and introduce this innovation to the market in 2018.

The current sensor is marketed for the research community under PLUX biosignalsplux product line and is available for purchase either on PLUX online store or through its resellers network.

Note: The development of this sensor is based upon work supported by the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-14-C-0018 and United States Air Force under Contract No. FA8650-14-C-6579. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command or the United States Air Force.

AffecTech Press Release

European research is shaping the future of mental health



An international research consortium joins efforts to develop innovative affective health technologies.

Lancaster, United Kingdom

An interdisciplinary team of international researchers met last month in Lancaster (UK) under the European H2020 AffecTech project to lead the way towards new affective health disorder technologies that will lower health costs and help patients’ struggle.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 300 million people suffer from depression worldwide, identified as the leading cause of disability. AffecTech has recently launched an ambitious international project that counts on Plux Wireless Biosignals to bring the best research expertise together, aiming to exploit our access to mobile devices and wearables in order to revolutionise technology for Mental Health assessment.

With yearly costs exceeding 100 billion Euros and inestimable social costs, the European Commission has set Mental Health as one of the H2020 priorities. AffecTech is an interdisciplinary project that builds upon state of the art biosensing, human computer interfaces and clinical psychology.

The aim of the project is to empower patients with tools 1 that will improve self-awareness and emotion regulation.

Plux is fully committed to AffecTech goals, playing an important role in the consortium as an active member for innovative devices and research provider. President Hugo Gamboa and researcher Miquel Alfaras work towards the integration of all the different expertise areas with Plux cutting-edge technology, enhancing the development of new tools for the assessment of Mental Health disorders.

Ours is a data-driven society that has embraced technology,” explains Plux founder Dr. Hugo Gamboa. “In recent years, technology has transformed our lives. AffecTech benefits from this technology to develop low-cost solutions that will transform the course of mental health treatment.

Born in 2007, Plux shook up the wireless biosensing device research community developing reliable and accessible products providing unprecedented acquisition capabilities. Plux partners with renowned private and public research institutions, bridging academia and industry by providing its expertise to practical applications.

AffecTech project is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020. Raising awareness about Mental Health issues is at the core of the project goals, supporting the World Health Organization World Mental Health Day. http://www.who.int/mental_health/world-mental-health-day/2017/en/

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biosignalsplux Solo

 

Our new biosignalsplux Solo kit is the perfect companion for research applications where only a single biosignal sensor is needed.
 

Powered by the single channel OpenBAN device, you can now benefit from the wide selection of biosignalsplux sensors to acquire physiological data from a single sensor and to track motion using the built-in accelerometer and magnetometer while keeping your research on budget.

The biosignalsplux Solo kit includes an OpenBAN, a micro USB charging cable, and one professional sensor of your choice. It supports signal acquisition from a single biosignalsplux sensor with up to 16-bit resolution and 1kHz sampling rate. The built-in and rechargeable internal battery provides enough power for up to ~16 hours of continuous data streaming via Bluetooth.
Visit our store, select one of the compatible biosignalsplux sensors and get started with our new biosignalsplux Solo kit.
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