OCEAN LIVING LAB

Information
Contact: 

Manuel De Lara, OCEAN Living Lab President, Vice Président de l’Agglomération Sud Pays Basque, m.delara@agglospb.fr, +33 624 254 792

 

contact@ocean-livinglab.eu

 

 

Country: 
France
Adherent: 
Yes

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1. Living Lab description

OCEAN Living Lab aims at making the ‘Basque California’ a land of excellence for co-conception and experimentation in real conditions of new products and services in water sports by developing optimal conditions for all kinds of users in terms.

OCEANLL is a cross-boarder association with 10 founding members (public authorities, private companies, universities, and user communities.

They all have developed the expertise and infrastructures that make the Basque coast a top destination for water sports. It now encompasses a complete ecosystem that includes co-development structures situated within a radius of 50 km on either side of the border:

  • 500 companies including 2 world headquarters of major sport and leisure industry groups: Tribord and Quiksilver;
  • Academic resources specialised in the field of action sports (e.g. University of Bordeaux’s Master degree in Management and Engineering of sports in Bayonne)
  • A complete innovation system including the Halle CREATIVE (2500m2 FabLab industrial space), prototyping workshops and a development platform.
  • Its natural heritage from Zarautz to Hossegor (6 marinas with 1,600 berths, 40 safe and secure beaches) and now 5 testing sites in real conditions
  • Involvement of the network of thousand users who practice such sports, of all profiles (age, sex, nationality, type of leisure activity – occasional, sports, etc), backed by their respective clubs and federations.

OceanLL aims to offer the most effective process for product marketing in the shortest possible time to Market.

2. Project(s)

Here are 3 examples of projects conducted in 2015 by OCEANLL :

Revolutionary innovations that have given surfing what parabolic skis contributed as a technological leap forward in alpine skiing.

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Design, manufacturing and testing of new surfboard fins to make surfing easier for intermediate level surfers.

30 surfers involved in analysing the improvement factors.

10 prototypes made at the ESTIA technology centre.

250 usage tests done over a total of 4,000 hours.

Range of 4 products created with patent pending.

The proof of concept (TRL7) was conducted on 10 September 2015 with the assistance of teams from the EKITO start-up booster and SNOOTLAB, well known in the IoT world: http://objectifnews.latribune.fr/entreprises/business/2015-09-18/ekito-et-snootlab-testent-une-planche-de-surf-connectee.html

Development of the practice of Dinghy sailing for people with reduced mobility thanks to a weight transfer system.

Problem to deal with: the seats of people with handicaps are fixed to the boat and they suffer during tack-changing. Not enjoyable and a dangerous situation.

15 people involved in the initial co-conception work (handicapped sailing enthusiasts, medical doctors, Basque monitors and engineers from ESTIA).

Fabrication of 2 prototype seats that enable weight transfer and a facilities for the boarding area for people with limited mobility in Hendaye.

System under a 3 months test period in the Txingundi Bay

http://www.nautisme-paysbasque.com/au-service-du-handivoile/#.VsH4lyDhA5s

 A sailing solution for the disabled from the composite aeronautic materials centre

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This (confidential) project was the subject of patent filing no. 1000211444 and will be marketed.

Safety and security of Large Ocean beaches on the coast by means of a temporary air/water coastal communication network using connected security material.

The aim is to locate people at risk (e.g. children, seniors) in real time during their activity. Agreement between OceanLL and the TRIBORD and INEO companies http://bit.ly/partenariat-techno for development and proof of concept (TRL7).

5 users and the coastal rescue association involved in the feasibility study for the system for communication and current models.

Infrastructure from 4 beaches in a temporary data transmission system, along with 25 users and 2 experimental phases (150 tests in Hendaye and in the Basque Country and 300 tests in Messanges in Landes).

3. Living Lab methods and tools:

OceanLL was created to make a step forward in the methods used to drive innovative projects, whether society or business oriented, by positioning users at the centre of focus arrangements and co-conception. The target groups according to the projects are:

  • Practitioners of water sports, regardless of age, sex and ability level;
  • Residents, families, tourists holidaying on the coast;
  • Companies and especially SMEs aiming to develop new products/services;
  • Local and regional authorities that need to adapt their infrastructures to new uses.

OceanLL proposes today a methodological guide comprising 6 stages; The development of the S-WING project is shown below from the idea through to the commercial project:

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Stage 1: Ideas  Inquiry into needs and ideas for improvement following a day spent with 20 surfers (February 2015)

Stage 2: Conception Design work taking into account the observations (April 2015)

Stage 3: Building of prototypes

Manufacture of first product with the new functions in mind (June 2015)

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Stage 4: Testing and patent filing Organisation of trial days with board instrumentation – 4,000 hours of tests/150 surfers (September 2015)

Stage 5: Evaluation

Analysis of testing feedback; design finalisation and complementary testing (October 2015)

Stage 6: Commercialisation 

Placement on market

Opening of e-business website

(December 2015)

4. Your living lab or project in a box

OceanLL’s ambition is to foster the practice of the greatest number of water-related activities by developing new and entirely safe usages. OceanLL is engaged in a dynamic process focused on open innovation and excellence for the development and test of new product by the users, in its 5 fully equiped testing sites along the basque coast.