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OTT & Tyndall helps GRASP launch out of the starting blocks

31 Oct 2014
(L to R) Tyndall CEO, Kieran Drain; Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D.; GRASP’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr Michael Walsh; GRASP CEO, Ken Byrne at the launch of the UCC Campus Company Spin out, Grasp Wearable Technologies.

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D., has launched a high-tech spinout, GRASP Wearable Technologies. Its first market-ready offering will measure running biomechanics.

Using sophisticated algorithms, GRASP will be able to provide an instantaneous three dimensional profile about a user’s stride length, vertical lift and impact. This information can be used to draw informed conclusions about a user's performance and efficiency, and can be applied to improving an athlete’s running technique and helping avoid injury, to analysing real-time player and team position and movement patterns in team sports.

 

GRASP is set to introduce world-leading embedded wearable technology.

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D., has launched a high-tech spinout, GRASP Wearable Technologies at Tyndall National Institute. Building on almost 10 years of research led by scientists at the Tyndall National Institute at UCC, Cork, the Office of Technology Transfer is delighted to have supported the establishment of GRASP Wearable Technologies.  GRASP is gearing up for the release of their first market-ready offering, which will measure running biomechanics.

Attending the launch, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English T.D., said, ‘the launch is the  culmination  of several years’ hard work and innovation from both Tyndall and GRASP. The technology on display here today is truly world-leading and testimony to Ireland’s ability to harness scientific potential to meet industry’s needs.’ Minister English added “GRASP is a perfect example of how the enterprise development agencies in Ireland are working together to help create companies and jobs”.

Today’s information hungry society has a seemingly insatiable appetite for smart products that engage us with real-time feedback about our performance. GRASP’s wearable technologies will measure the wearer’s bio-mechanical parameters based on principal research carried out at Tyndall under the leadership of Dr Michael Walsh, who is also GRASP’s Chief Technology Officer. 

Tyndall CEO, Kieran Drain said, ‘The innovative technology GRASP is using to create a competitive range of products was developed in Tyndall. Ten years of research supported by SFI, EI and the EU have enabled Tyndall to develop competitive technologies robust enough to generate a new company. We wish GRASP every success and look forward to supporting GRASP in the further development of their technology. We fully expect GRASP to derive the kind of economic impact that we at Tyndall strive for with our research.’  

Dr. Tim Roche, Director of Technology Transfer at UCC welcomed the announcement stating that “the establishment of ambitious, investment ready, leading edge technology companies that can create employment and have a significant impact on the national and regional economy is a key goal for UCC and our office. GRASP Wearable Technologies is a great example of this. We are delighted that it is ready to go and wish it every success in the future.”

Using sophisticated algorithms, GRASP will be able to provide an instantaneous three dimensional profile about a user’s stride length, vertical lift and impact. This information can be used to draw informed conclusions about a user's performance and efficiency, and can be applied to improving an athlete’s running technique and helping avoid injury, to analysing real-time player and team position and movement patterns in team sports.

GRASP CEO, Ken Byrne, commented, 'GRASP takes this leading sensory technology out of the laboratory and places it on an athlete, a person or a patient.  The ability to capture and analyse detailed data on human movement and physiology opens the door to improving health and human performance in a very profound way.

GRASP, based in Tyndall, have carried out extensive user analysis to understand what the athlete, runner and end user really needs in a wearable system for running and how existing product gaps and unmet needs can be addressed. The culmination of this research is the development of technology that will equip the runner with a complete assessment of running technique and the provision of real-time feedback and coaching that is helpful and actionable.   The athlete will able to further asses running performance and progression through the provision of tailored dashboards and analytics.

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