Innovation Competition

To inspire and source exciting new products to test in the FieldLabs, Profit launched an innovation competition in 2012. Promising SME’s and start-up companies were invited to develop innovative sports products or services, to be used in one of the four participating FieldLabs. Each FieldLab formulated a specific design challenge with regard to the local target groups, their needs and wishes, and the specific setting.

Four winners

Extra energy, positive image and higher professional standard

‘Winning the ProFit award means a lot to us. On the day it was to be announced, everybody in our company was waiting for the outcome. When project leader Thomas Hartong called me and told me the positive news, I felt proud. Within Yalp it caused a flood of text messages to congratulate him. This gives a lot of extra energy to keep going with the development, which is sometimes quite a laborious process with a lot of challenges. Winning such an innovation award also contributes to a positive image in the market, although for the concept itself this is somewhat limited because we are still in the development phase. The support to do the prototyping and testing with partners within the FieldLab is very important to us, because it is precisely this phase which is so crucial. With this support we can move to an even higher professional standard. This will definitely increase the final quality of our concept.’ Ben Admiraal, director of Yalp, producer and supplier of playgrounds and sports products.  

Good innovation climate and good partners to cooperate with

‘Usually I support and advise companies with strategy and concepts, but I also elaborate concepts myself. The idea of YOU.FO started at home with a rubber ring and a broomstick. With the assistance of industrial designers and even a professor in aerodynamics the concept gained more body. Students of HAN University of Applied Sciences tested the effects and the experiences within the target groups and gave insight into the market opportunities. With the money that came with the award we can do some extensive testing at the FieldLab in Eindhoven, in an environment with a good innovation climate and good partners to cooperate with. They have the knowledge and experience to help us to introduce such a product to our target groups, and they have the network to provide us with a lot of test persons. Also a student of Eindhoven University of Technology is exploring future options for interaction and the use of sensors and GPS.’ Bas Ruyssenaars, owner of the startup YOU.FO

Developing and testing new prototypes

In the FieldLab in Eindhoven several new products and services have been developed and tested and some start-up projects and companies have been supported. A recent example is the Curb, a combination of riding a bicycle and a fitness cross training that gives kids a whole new experience with possibilities for fun and exercise.   Another example is AAA-Lux (LEDexpert), a small company that has developed a dynamic system of LED floodlights for sports fields. Prototyping and testing of energy use and user friendliness in practice took place at FieldLab Eindhoven.

Serious Gaming

Through the ProFit Innovation Competition 2012 for FieldLab Delft businesses and students were challenged to develop all season concepts to be used by both children (age 8-12) and elderly. The winning concept was Serious Gaming by the company Yalp. It did not only win the award in Delft, but also the overall ProFit Innovation Competition 2012 award for all four FieldLabs (Eindhoven, Delft, Kortrijk, Sheffield). Serous Gaming can be described as a set of interactive poles, which offer a variety of games, including active movement and brain training. All seven poles consist of a display and LED-lighting and are able to communicate text, images and animations. The poles are positioned in a public space. Players move between the poles. Movement sensors enable the poles to react to the players. At this moment at FieldLab Delft.a first version of Serious Gaming is being installed as a prototype to be tested. Partners: Yalp, Delft University of Technology, FieldLab Delft, ProFit

OptiTrainer Running

OptiTrainer Running is an electronic pacing system with LED’s along a track. It was developed successfully for swimming and in response to requests a version for running is now being tested. Runners can install pacing schemes including constant speed, constant acceleration, sprint, or a predefined trajectory (e.g. a personal or world record). Customized training schemes can be installed. Also multiple simultaneous use is possible. Partners: Metatronics, i3Sports, Eindhoven University of Technology

4D sports grounds

With support from the ProFit project the first 4D sports ground in the world will soon be realised and tested in FieldLab Eindhoven. It consists of horizontal panels that rotate to create various surfaces; a soccer field with artificial turf, a multi functional plastic floor, and a surface with solar panels or billboards. This technology creates 24/7 usage of sports grounds and can help sport clubs to generate additional income. Partners: Sublean Group, InnoSportNL, Greenfields, Descol, Delft University of Technology, vv Sliedrecht, ProFit

YOU.FO

YOU.FO, an idea by Bas Ruyssenaars is an innovative throw and catch sports game. In designing this game Ruyssenaars was inspired by frisbee, jai lai and martial arts. Playing YOU.FO challenges to grow skills like concentration, hand-eye coordination, strength and flexibility. YOU.FO was winner of the ProFit Innovation Competition 2012 for the FieldLab Eindhoven. Partners: YOU.FO, HAN University of Applied Sciences, InnoSportNL, ProFit

Cone2020

The idea Cone2020 has won the ProFit Innovation competition 2012 at the FieldLab Sheffield. Cone2020 is an interactive play device, and can be seen as a high-tech version of the traditional plastic practice cone used in a wide array of sports and play activities.Cone2020 can be used in football training for individual or team use as a playful element to the practice of essential ball handling skills and other training exercises. Cone2020 can also be categorized as an ‘exergame’, a game play that is considered a physical exercise. As a result of winning the award the developers of Cone2020 have been able to produce a next step prototype that can be used for testing at the FieldLab. Partners: Bart Wolfs, Spinnov, FieldLab Sheffield, ProFit

Play Ball

‘Design a sport stimulating product for students (18-25 years old) to be installed at the borders of the Leie river.’ This was the challenge for students and businesses for the ProFit Innovation competition 2012 at FieldLab Kortrijk. The award winning concept was the concept Play Ball – Motivational Reactive Environment by Magic Monkey. It will be integrated in an existing basketball cage. Light effects will appear when physical activity in or around the cage is being measured. Magic Monkey will continue to work on the concept development, in close cooperation with students from Howest University’s department of industrial design. The aim is to deliver an open-source hardware upon which Digital Arts & Entertainment and Digital Design & Media students can continuously program new graphics and games. Partners Magic Monkey, Howest University, FieldLab Kortrijk, ProFit