Delft

In the city of Delft the new FieldLab was officially opened in October 2012. The FieldLab has been installed as part of the existing green playground ‘Bomenwijk’, situated within a residential area, next to an elderly home and surrounded by several schools and a neighbourhood with quite a number of young families. Step by step the FieldLab will be expanded as a way to update and upgrade the existing playground. The first innovative equipment has been placed.

Delft Projects

Eindhoven

The FieldLab site in Eindhoven (Netherlands), which was formerly a football field, consists of one grass pitch, four different artificial grass pitches and a range of playground equipment, both interactive and adapted for special target groups like elderly. The testing site is surrounded by a two lane athletics track and an asphalt track. Activities like school sports, children’s parties and corporate outings take place on these multifunctional sports grounds.

Eindhoven Projects

Sheffield

FieldLab Sheffield is situated in Lowfield Open Space, a 2-hectare site which previously was a low-quality under-utilised green space, but has just undergone a major transformation. The refurbished park will provide innovative outdoor exercise opportunities. Lowfield is situated in the Sharrow area, known for its high proportion of young people, culturally diverse population and high concentration of disadvantaged families. The new Lowfield Park is fully open, together with the Lowfield U-Mix Centre. The FieldLab includes an artificial grass pitch (AGP) for football, adventurous play equipment, a community garden and an open grassed area with seating. Also lots of improvements to the adjoining Lowfield Primary School have been made such as a dance studio, a multi gym, an activity hall and a performing arts space. Partners: Bart Wolfs, Spinnov, FieldLab Sheffield, ProFit

Sheffield Projects

Kortrijk

FieldLab Kortrijk is situated at the redeveloped borders of the Leie river and includes several, dispersed locations. Activating the borders is the main goal of the FieldLab in Kortrijk and different target groups will be addressed. Students, aged 16-25, are a first target group. Kortrijk is hoping to offer these youngsters a changing environment with various sports and possibilities. In a first phase, the square in front of the new faculty building Digital Arts and Entertainment of Howest University will be redeveloped. Another location in this first phase is a basketball cage at the river quay. As a result of the ProFit Innovation competition 2012 a concept with LED-lights will be installed to provide this cage with interactive features in order to motivate students and others to be active in and around this location. Future developments are planned in relation to spaces under the seven bridges along the river in the inner city and the other side of the city center. Near the biggest college of Kortrijk and Buda Beach, children and younger students, aged 10-18, are the main target group. Several possibilities will be considered in order to create an active environment for inhabitants and the occasional passerby.

Kortrijk Projects

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

From Passive to Active

Create an idea for outdoor furniture, which supports interaction between elderly and children. This was the theme of a one week intensive workshop, set up by ProFit, in cooperation with the municipality of Delft and Delft University of Technology. The entry From Passive to Active by Omar Ebadi, a young graduate student, was selected as the winning design, and has been realized and placed in the FieldLab. It is a simple furniture line, mainly constructed out of scaffold wood. The design directs the gathering of people towards an object, from a passive presence to an active participation. Partners: Delft University of Technology, FieldLab Delft, ProFit