Italian SME Signo Motus has developed a fluid that when subjected to an electric field passes from a liquid state to a quasi-solid state.
The technology took six years to develop and was originally designed to improve the efficiency of shock absorbers on military vehicles.
Paolo Giorgianni, the company’s R&D technical manager, said: “Initially, we developed this technology for the army, but given its many possibilities we decided to move to civilian applications, especially in rehabilitation and fitness.”
According to Giorgianni, the idea is to target these two new sectors in order to transfer this technology, giving the operation of a type of exoskeleton as an example.
Sandro Scattereggia Marchese, managing director of Signo Motus, added: “These two sectors are characterised by a very high growth rate and we intend to penetrate the market within two years, and in five years to achieve a turnover 20 times greater than today.”
The company has already received €50,000 via the Horizon 2020 programme.
Francesco Cappello, who represents the Enterprise Europe Network of the EU which supports SMEs, said: “There are other European funds such as the Structural Funds and the COSME programme to help SMEs like Signo Motus to reach the market more easily.
“Dual-use applications are everywhere, transportation, security, virtual reality and also in health. Boosting dual-use is one of the European priorities. Moreover, many organisations or clusters support companies that target both civil and military markets.”