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RGS is based on leading edge virtual reality and neurorehabilitation research, and clinical trials on more than 100 patients have shown significant improvements in the rehabilitation of deficits of the upper extremities. RGS is a generic paradigm for brain repair and neurorehabilitation that we will be applied in the future to a range of other deficits in stroke, for instance gait training, aphasia, depression and chronic pain and to other neuropathologies, for instance cerebral palsy and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Technology Innovation: RGS is based on the integration of a wide range of highly innovative ICT technologies, such as Virtual Reality, learning and adaptive systems, image and scene analysis, wireless technologies, multimodal interfaces, simulation tools, sensors, tele-health and information systems. Despite this major integration effort combined with solid science and medical research it is nearly invisible for the End User, unobtrusive and low power consuming (home PC based). The RGS will contribute to directly improve the Quality of Life of the increasing number of patients in need of rehabilitation for motor deficits and will improve accessibility to healthcare therapy/home assistance and to a novel and highly innovative ICT based product. We are now listing the most important aspects: •Personalized Therapy. The RGS system can be personalized to the needs of every patient due to the self-learning and adaptive systems specifically developed, that automatically adapt the difficulty of the games to the performance of the patient in order to avoid frustration. Furthermore, with the aim of incentivising the patient the RGS system amplifies the movement of the impaired arm by successfully completing simple tasks in the virtual world in line with the movement made by the patient • Accessibility and Usability. The RGS is designed thinking about the patient and clinician needs. The system can run on a standard PC which will need only a normal internet connection. Additionally, the low cost of the system renders it an affordable solution for the target population of end users and healthcare agents. The final RGS is unobtrusive; its User interface also allows remote monitoring by the healthcare provider. The RGS incorporates learning and adaptive systems that will allow the system to automatically change the rehabilitation scenario based on the results of the previous exercises performed by the patient and be further supervised by the health care. •Tele-rehabilitation and increase of autonomy for everyone. The RGS will allow patients to design their own rehabilitation schedule and work at home, in coordination with everyday life activities and in consultation with their therapists, who will be able to individualize their therapy and follow their progress remotely (accuracy, speed, movement patterns…) and ensure the quality of the therapy. •Efficiency and more equal access to services. The self-managed RGS “home tele-assistance” will facilitate access to rehabilitation training at home to patients that may not have access to it or who may have had a restricted access due to the great demand from the elderly population and limitations from the healthcare systems; it will also avoid or minimize the cost and loss of time in transportation for both patients and clinicians to and from the hospital/rehabilitation centre designated by the health system or a private insurance company. (1~2 hours per day just in the ambulance).


Our research group has developed a new photopolymer which may be used as a holographic recording material. It is easy to prepare in layers of the desired thickness and has a lower potential toxicity than conventional materials. It is characterized by being environmentally friendly, since it does not contain any petroleum-derived solvents or other components classified as toxic, biotoxic, explosive, radioactive, oxidising, corrosive, inflammable or environmentally hazardous, and no such substances are used to prepare it. The only solvent used is water, thus minimizing any risk of contamination and, at the end of its useful life, it is easy to recycle in aqueous phase. It is possible to automatize all the stages of its preparation, and it enables holograms to be obtained in a single stage without the need for subsequent processing. We are looking for companies interested in acquiring this technology for its commercial exploitation. Innovative aspects: • Due to its characteristics and the fact that during the preparation process, its useful life and subsequent elimination, water is the only solvent used, the negative impact of this material on the environment is minimized. • It does not contain any components classified as toxic, biotoxic, explosive, radioactive, oxidising, corrosive, inflammable or hazardous for the environment. • Although the fabrication process is totally safe for workers, it is possible to automatize all the stages, thereby reducing the production costs. • Layers of different thicknesses may be easily obtained and they may be used at different wavelengths.


The research group "Electro catalysis and Electrochemistry of Polymers", Department of Physical Chemistry at the University of Alicante has developed a novel method that allows highly selective electrode manufacture biometrics to detect any biochemical substance of interest, food or environmental. The method is based on the electro assisted deposit of molecularly imprinted silica layers on different electrodes. This allows a fast and efficient detection of the molecule of interest, independently of the other interfering. In addition, allows the regeneration of the electrode in a very simple way and lets its usage almost indefinitely. Innovative aspects The biometrical electrode manufacturing method is based on a electro assisted method of molecularly imprinted silica layers on different electrodes. With this new procedure, we obtain uniform and consistent layers of silica that allow highly selective detection of any biochemical substance of interest, food or environmental when these electrodes are used as amperometric, voltammetric, impedimetric and potentiometric sensors. Main advantatges of the technology The main advantage of the electro assisted deposit respect to conventional methods of thin film deposition (spin-coating or dip-coating), lies in the control of consistency and porosity of the layers. Due to the prevention of uncontrolled pore formation, avoids the indiscriminate passage of species from the solution to the electrode surface, reducing the interference in the detection of the analyte of interest. It has a high specificity and affinity for the molecule of interest. High control on the deposition of silica when is done by electro assisted mode. The possibility of varying the thickness of the silica layer and layer morphology allows for a highly consistent and reproducible layer. Electro assisted deposit method is capable of "self-healing", i.e. prevents the formation of holes in the assisted layer that interfere with the detection of the molecule of interest. With continued use, the sensor loses its effectiveness by the collapse of the pores with the species to be determined. In this case, the regeneration process is very simple: just repeat the procedure for removing the template molecule to be performed after the gel layer (electrochemical extraction or cleaning solvents). Thus, the pores of the sensing phase are released for use again.