Tuesday 17/10/2017

Bookmark and Share
 
 
Case Studies
  PandCT RSS Case Studies feed
LAUNCH OF NEW ‘FLOOME’ MODEL TO MARKET Supported by Proto Labs’ Cool Idea! Award

10 October 2017

In 2014 2045Tech, an innovative start-up business based in Padova, Italy, won a Proto Labs Cool Idea! Award to bring its ‘Floome’ initiative to life. Utilising the Award ‘service grant’, 2045Tech was able to manufacture Floome and bring this product to market far ahead of the expected schedule. 

Floome Evolves

Fast forward two years to 2016 and 2045Tech has evolved its Award winning ‘Floome’ design and is launching the next generation model, Floome IT, with manufacturing support still provided by Proto Labs.

A solution to a real problem

The idea behind Floome came from two engineers from Padova - Fabio Penzo and Marco Barbetta – who founded 2045Tech. Their innovative winning concept was the development of the first reliable breathalyser that people can use anywhere in the world.

Since first launching to market, Fabio Penzo, Co-founder and CEO of 2045Tech, comments, “We now have more than 20,000 active users in more than 40 countries who use Floome to check they are in a safe condition to drive.”

Floome is a pocket product approximately the size of a modern car key. The design has a silicon mouthpiece which transfers the user’s breath directly into Floome. By attaching Floome to a smartphone via a cable and jack, the product is able to identify whether the user’s blood alcohol level is within the legal level to drive.

Why is Floome used?

Floome helps drivers make intelligent decisions. Based on the location of the vehicle and personal information of the driver (provided during registration), Floome can determine whether a driver is within the legal limit to drive in multiple countries. For example, the legal limit can vary depending on a person’s age, physique and number of years legally driving. Floome is also intelligent enough to estimate the time needed for the blood alcohol level to reduce below the legal limit, or it can call a taxi or a designated friend, or advise the user that the body requires sustenance. During 2016 alone, Floome’s monitoring portal (where all the test data is collected, confidentially) received approximately 110,000 readings from users.

How does it work?

Technically, the user breathes into Floome, which contains a chamber with a fuel cell that converts the breath into an electrical impulse. The chamber then creates a vortex of air which makes a sound, the tone of which indicates the quality of breath entered. The alcohol level in the blood, indicated by two values, is combined with the user’s physical characteristics to calculate whether the user is in a suitable condition to drive. The result is displayed via the driver’s smartphone.

“The advantages of Floome has been noticed; we are now working with a notable European insurer on an incentive scheme to encourage and reward drivers not to drive under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, transport companies have indicated their interest in supplying Floome to their own drivers to prevent the risk of driving while drunk and to make everyone safer,” explains Fabio Penza

Since the initial concept, the design and production of Floome progressed rapidly. The relationship with Proto Labs began when Marco Barbetta, 2045Tech Co-Founder and CTO needed to evolve his ‘Proof of Concept’, which he jokingly nicknamed his “Frankenstein” model, into an attractive prototype that could be publicly presented, quickly. For the product design, 2045Tech worked with Caterina Falleni and Allessandro Innocenti. In three weeks and six attempts they defined the look and feel of Floome.

The Cool Idea

For the parts to be produced, the manufacturer had to be fast and flexible. Following online research, Proto Labs was contacted and, after discussing the requirements with Stefano Mosca, Technical Sales Manager for Proto Labs in Italy, 2045Tech decided to enter Floome in the 4th Cool Idea competition (hosted by Proto Labs), which it won.

Penzo continued, "I am still hugely grateful to Proto Labs for the support provided via the Cool Idea award, and the manufacture of Floome using rapid injection moulding, which helped us gain at least four months on the standard time to market.”

"As a Cool Idea! Award winner, our prize was a production service grant which enabled the construction of a thousand parts of the seven different components that form Floome, in addition to expert consultation on the best materials to use—for example Floome contains ethanol, so the material needed to be suitable for contact with this substance—and the mechanics of the parts. Without the support from Proto Labs we could not have presented Floome as a finished production product (rather than a prototype) to our ‘angel’ Investor who funded our first year of activity.” Penzo added.

The collaboration between 2045Tech and Proto Labs continues today. In June 2017, Proto Labs manufactured the new Floome IT cases. The new cases feature an eye-catching, ergonomic design using a soft material, making it much more pleasing to the touch. As Floome and 2045Tech evolve, so will the relationship with Proto Labs as their trusted manufacturing supplier.

For more information, please contact:

Proto Labs Ltd
Halesfield 8
Telford
Shropshire
TF7 4QN
Tel:  +44 (0) 1952 683047
Email: customerservice@protolabs.co.uk
Web:  www.protolabs.co.uk
PandCT.com are not responsible for the content of submitted or externally produced articles and images.
Click here to email PandCT about any errors or omissions contained within this article.
     
Send this page
To send this page to a colleague or friend,
fill in the email addresses below...
Your email address
Their email address:
Page to be sent: shownews.asp?ID=49641

Company gateway pages
for Proto Labs, Ltd:
FREE Information on the products in this article
To request more information from this supplier,
fill in your email address below.
Your email address
 
     
Bookmark and Share
Product categories: Accelerometers | Actuators | Agitators | Analysers | Bearings | Compressors | Controllers | Conveyors | Drives | Enclosures | Flowmeters | Heat Exchangers | Motors | Pumps | Relays | Sensors | Transducers | Transmitters | Valves | Weighing
(c) Copyright 1999-2017 Process and Control Today Ltd  |  Reg. no 3733110  |  Email Editor  |  Email Webmaster  |  Sitemap  |  Privacy Policy