Helthcare & Wellness

Apr 1, 2017


After arriving at the final of the "Microsoft Imagine Cup", with the prototype of a glove that returns the force to hand and that allows to lift objects up to 40 kilos, NUADA, is one of the startups of the moment.


NUADA is present in the United States of America (USA), through a program of startups acceleration of the University of Texas, denominated UTEN and has already scheduled entrance in the London market, England, to 2017, where it was invited to join the list of the ten flagship companies of Entiq, an innovation platform that will open also in London this year.

All because in 2014 this startup developed the prototype of a glove that returns the force to the hand, to whom for some reason lost it, or that simply helps to pick up on very heavy objects, relieving the weight. The idea was to compete in the "Microsoft Imagine Cup", having reached the final. From then on, the materialization of the idea happened at a glance.

Thus, people who feel pain, lack of strength, problems in the muscles and joints of the hand, elderly people who can no longer pick up heavy objects, can pick up objects weighing up to 40 kilograms, with the hand "relaxed" and without pushing.

This technological solution, which the company defines as "safe and light", uses fine, breathable, flexible, intelligent and customizable textiles. NUADA's work is mainly based on "low-energy components designed to handle heavy-weight support while maintaining sensitivity to the touch and a non-intrusive relationship with the body», explains Filipe Quinaz, responsible for the prototype.

According with the entrepreneur, «one of the main uses of this glove is in the medical field, being a product oriented for the elderly, or for those who have arthritis, and/or for patients who have had, for example, a cerebrovascular accident (CVA)».

The glove system also allows for a holistic monitoring of the hand function in real time and subsequent treatment plans that streamline the way «patients' data are collected, consulted and shared by healthcare professionals», he added.

Demanding activities developed by workers on assembly lines or in civil construction are also sectors of bet, since the glove allows to increase the comfort, safety and productivity of these professionals. It is also this market that NUADA counts on to win more easily since the certification process is simpler, and because the purchase and sale of the product is bigger and more agile.

A winning and very useful idea that came from a need of the entrepreneur himself. When he fractured his hand, Filipe Quinaz was very limited to muscular level and even after the bone was recovered, it was a long way until he completely recovered the limb's functionality. Being a student of Biomedicine, it was then that he realized that «a simple decrease in hand strength has very serious consequences» and with the help of two teachers, decided to create the prototype of the glove.

Following the "Microsoft Imagine Cup" and with the already prototype patented, he participated in StartupBraga and formally created the company. The product was developed with Portuguese partners, being, in this last year, to carry out tests that allow the industrialization. Among the partners are elements from areas as Computer Engineering, Mechanics, Electromechanics, Bioengineering and Industry integrated in the Science and Technology Park of the University of Porto (UPTEC), Portugal. The Institute of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Management (INEGI) of Porto, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Braga, the Technological Centre of the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal (CITEVE), the Centre for Nanotechnology and Technical Materials, Functional and Intelligent (CeNTI), the University of Beira Interior, Microsoft and StartupBraga are other entities involved in a project that will definitely change many people´s lives and even business productivity.

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