Technical feasibility

PART B: VALORISATION PLAN

SECTION I: Testing

 

1 Has the R & D result been tested?
YES A prototype has been already installed in a school located in Gorizia and since February 2011 in a music school located in Brescia.

Starting from November 2001 the team will also negotiate with a school in Milan

NO  

 

The answer to the following question will depend upon the answer to question 1

 

If yes

 

1a In what mode has the result been tested?

•             Prototype

•             Pilot Application

•             Alpha/BETA testing

 

The prototype has been installed in two classrooms where it is currently used and in one classroom where the prototype is being used as a feedback

 

 

 

1b. Please describe and discuss the testing results
The system showed high performances, i.e. improved learning of foreign languages (more than 20% improvement) and improved creativity (more than 15% improvement), especially in terms of concentration levels in children, resulting in a range from 7/10 minutes to about 15 minutes.

The system is being used with disabled children, namely blind children.

 

If no:

 

1c Describe what type of testing does the R&D result need?
 

 

 

1d. What is the time needed for testing?
 
1e. What is the cost needed for testing?
 

 

 

SECTION 2: Current Stage of Development

 

2a To what extent does the development team have technical resources for supporting the production of a new product? (Researchers, human resources, hardware, etc. )
The SW is a prototype and the team needs support in SW development for market launch.

The team expects SW support will be needed for about 14/16 months.

 

 

2b What are the technical issues that need to be tackled for full deployment, if needed?
SW and commercial support.

 

 

2c What additional technical resources are needed for the production of this new product?
None

 

2d Overall assessment of the current stage of technical development.
The prototype is finished. The team needs support in SW engineering and development of the system for commercial use.

The team also needs medical, particularly neurological support, for applications with disabled children.

 

 

 

 

SECTION 3: Deployment

3a Define the demands for large scale production in terms of
  • Materials
The team needs SW support. No HW support is needed as the team is using commercial, low-cost HW.

 

 

 

  • technologies, tools, machineries
With further SW development the system can be adapted to various needs and situations and medical support will make it suitable for use in various school environments, especially in schools for disabled children.

Based on the first results of use with blind children, the system is expected to be very useful in learning to walk for visually impaired children, when sight cannot assist such learning.

 

 

 

  • Staff effort
Software engineers + programmers + psychologists and doctors + teachers of disabled children.

 

 

 

 

 

SECTION 4: Overall Assessment

 

1 What is you overall assessment of the technical feasibility of the research result?
Technical feasibility was ascertained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KEYWORDS QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT (0-5).

 

Please put X as appropriate. 1 2 3 4 5
Adequacy of testing activity undertaken so far         X
Adequacy and availability of technical resources of the development team       X  
Current development stage       X  
Overall technical feasibility         X

 

 

 

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