EC announced on Monday that it had allocated nearly EUR 166 million to 36 companies through Accelerator pilot project to combat coronavirus pandemic. A further 36 companies will receive EUR 148 million to help implement the European recovery plan.
In Latvia, nearly EUR 2.3 million support will be given to high-tech company LightSpace Technologies. The company will develop very high-quality next-generation 3D optical spectacles for medics, specifically adapted to vision.
Led by experts at the University of Latvia, in cooperation with LightSpace technologies, a study was conducted at the end of last year on the impact of 3D screens on human vision. Until then, nobody had studied what happens to vision when these screens are observed. The Latvian Academy of Sciences has named this study as one of the most important in Latvian science.
The EC noted that in March, the pilot scheme Accelerator received almost 4000 start-up and small and medium-sized enterprise applications, of which more than 1400 could be helpful in tackling COVID-19 pandemic.
This support for revolutionary ideas aimed at helping to combat the virus is part of EU joint efforts to overcome the crisis.