R&D Projects

All activity of Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) focuses on enhancing scientific research, technologic development, technical assessment and training in biomechanics and is materialized in  different projects.

You can consult all information about projects developed by IBV in the Clothing Area:

El proyecto e-CHILD pretende desarrollar un curso telemático dirigido a diseñadores europeos de productos infantiles de los sectores de la indumentaria, el calzado y la puericultura.

e-CHILD Project intends to develo pan on-line course addressed to European professionals in the field of children products, including clothing, footwear and childcare.

La actividad principal de la UNiT CONéCTATE es realizar una caracterización y análisis de las capacidades del sector empresarial de la Comunidad Valenciana para abordar un nuevo paradigma basado en la prestación de servicios de alto valor añadido de forma remota que permita incrementar la satisfacción de los clientes finales y mejorar la competitividad de las empresas que participan en su cadena de valor.

Esta actuación recoge diversas actividades de carácter no económico, insertas en el plan anual de actividades del Instituto de Biomecánica. Las acciones incluidas en el proyecto persiguen mejorar la competitividad mediante el desarrollo de nuevas capacidades y conocimientos a través de: proyectos de I+D; acciones de difusión y diseminación de estas capacidades y de los resultados de I+D; potenciación tanto de los recursos humanos del centro como de los sistemas de gestión y organización de las actividades y de acciones complementarias que mejoren las capacidades de servicio a la sociedad y al entorno empresarial.

El objetivo principal del proyecto es desarrollar herramientas morfométricas que permitan la explotación de diferentes bases de datos antropométricas 3D para la evaluación y diseño de indumentaria mediante la incorporación de criterios que relacionan las características morfológicas de la población con las características de la indumentaria (patrón y materiales) a través del estudio de la interacción objetiva (análisis de movimientos y mapas de holguras) y la percepción subjetiva del usuario (nivel de ajuste y confort).

Over the last decades, human body metrics have been used to improve human-product interaction. Along this period, the use of 1D-measurements in "classic" ergonomic applications (e.g. workplace design) has been extended to consumer goods industries such as the automotive, apparel, furniture or orthopaedic products.
New technologies for the gathering, storage and analysis of anthropometric data (i.e. 3D scanners) have boosted the availability of digital anthropometric resources. Since 1999, over 16 large-scale national body scanning surveys have been conducted around the world (six in Europe) gathering 3D shape data from over 120,000 subjects (~50,000 Europeans). The availability of these data pools has created the opportunity to exploit shape information beyond current 1D-measurement use.
However, these data pools are dispersed and heterogeneous (e.g. obtained through different scanning technologies and owned by different organisations) and, above all, the exploitation of 3D data at industry level requires knowledge, skills and resources beyond the means of companies, especially SMEs. These barriers have until now confined the use of existing 3D shape data to scientific and academic research.
Our overall aim is thus to implement an online platform and an open framework that enables:
(1) Designers and industrialists to draw useful shape information and use it in their product development processes in an easy and direct way
(2) Database owners to pool the data they already hold and obtain revenues from its exploitation
(3) Third party IT companies to develop new services to reuse pooled data in unforeseen ways
R&D work will focus on the systematisation of proven methods for 3D shape data aggregation and analysis in a reliable but economically sustainable way, as well as on the development of sector-specific applications and user-friendly interfaces. Project work will include the aggregation of four national databases and the running of a four-month demonstration by industrial end-users

Esta actuación tiene como objetivo desarrollar diversas actividades de carácter no económico, insertas en el plan anual de actividades del Instituto de Biomecánica, para mejorar la competitividad a través del desarrollo de nuevas capacidades y conocimientos.

The DemoShopInstantShoe (DemoSIS) is a direct follow on from the very successful ShopInstantShoe FP7-SME-2008-1 project, that came to promising conclusions in February 2012. ShopInstantShoe (SIS) aimed at developing a customizable and fashionable women footwear upper and an innovative service providing customers with personalization of the shoe fitting at retail shop.

The approach of this project is related to foot diseases as an important social problem, being the female population the most affected. The Hallux Valgus is the most frequent foot deformation affecting one of every five women at adult age.

This pathology along with oters such as claw toe, hammertoes, metatarsalgies and ingrown nails take place at the forefoot and are mainly caused by continued use of inadequate footwear, marked by aesthetics and fashion trends. Women fashionable footwear aesthetic constraints demand a more accurate fitting to guarantee footwear functionality and comfort, but morphometry differences within users makes it very hard to provide an adequate fitting in a personalized way and make women footwear especially uncomfortable and unhealthy.

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