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Equipo de entrenamiento en altitud para mejorar el estado físico

Resumen

Tipo:
Oferta Tecnológica
Referencia:
TODE20170329001
Publicado:
03/04/2017
Caducidad:
03/04/2018
Resumen:
Una universidad alemana ha desarrollado un equipo de entrenamiento en altitud basado en tecnologías que proceden de máquinas cardiopulmonares y enriquecimiento de oxígeno en la sangre. Este equipo está indicado para uso personal, estudios de fitness y centros terapéuticos. El contenido de oxígeno y dióxido de carbono en el aire aspirado puede adaptarse mediante fibras huecas delgadas. De esta forma el dióxido de carbono se elimina por difusión de forma precisa y sencilla. Se trata de un diseño rentable y fácil y seguro de manejar. La universidad busca socios con el fin de establecer acuerdos de licencia y cooperación técnica.

Details

Tittle:
Altitude training device to improve human fitness status
Summary:
A German university developed an altitude training device based on technologies that stem from heart-lung machines, and blood enrichment with oxygen. It is suitable for personal use, fitness studios or therapy centres. The university offers a license agreement as well as a technical cooperation agreement.
Description:
Athletes, such as marathon runners and cyclists, often resort to training at higher altitude areas, in order to optimize their endurance. The atmosphere in such locations has lower oxygen content, which forces the human body to compensate for the reduced oxygen uptake by increasing hemoglobin concentration in blood. Thus, oxygen transfer is improved, and consequently the performance in sports too. This kind of training is not a viable alternative for recreational athletes, who can´t afford such costs. Commercially available products simulating high altitude training conditions currently rely on the augmentation of dead space to achieve the desired effect. In addition, adsorbents are employed in order to bind excess carbon dioxide, thus substantially increasing airway resistance. This kind of high altitude training device does not offer an accurate adjustment of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which in turn does not allow the user to have regular and effective training sessions.

A novel altitude training device developed by a German university remedies the above mentioned challenges. The invention is based on technologies that stem from the field of heart-lung machines, and blood enrichment with oxygen.
Oxygen and carbon dioxide content in the aspired air can be precisely adjusted by means of thin hollow fibres. Hence, carbon dioxide is effortlessly and accurately eliminated by diffusion, which renders the application of adsorbents obsolete. The absence of any filters and adsorbents in the device minimizes airway resistance, making the use of it incomparably more pleasant. Furthermore, the attainment of precise values facilitates interval training sessions. The invention has the potential to become enrichment for every athlete; each training session being individually adapted. The positive effect of repeated short-term oxygen deficiency on the human body has been presumed for a long time, and extensive research has been conducted on this topic. Its therapeutic effects are also being increasingly investigated. Thus, it is also expected to have a positive impact especially on chronic pulmonary diseases (e.g. COPD- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and on cardiac system disorders (e.g. arterial hypertension).

The university offers a license agreement as well as a technical cooperation agreement. Basically the university is looking for a company to further develop the device and to produce it. A partner most suitable is active in medical engineering.
Advantages and Innovations:
In comparison to existing altitude training devices this invention is able to adjust the O2 and CO2 content continuously without causing airway resistance. Other competitive advantages are:
- Rapid improvement in fitness status
- Easy and safe to handle
- Reduction of O2 content in ambient air combined with low CO2 content
- Cost effective design
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
IPs:
Patent(s) applied for but not yet granted
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
A patent application was filed at the German Patent and Trademark Office. The US and EU patent applications have been admitted as well.

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
The university offers a license agreement as well as a technical cooperation agreement. Basically the university is looking for a company to further develop the device and to produce it. A partner most suitable is active in medical engineering.

Client

Type and Size of Client:
University
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Si
Languages Spoken:
English
German

Keywords

Technology Keywords:
11007 Deportes y ocio
06001008 Medicina medioambiental, medicina social, medicina deportiva