exthex is a research and development company that strongly focusses on close to market operation.

exthex works closely with universities which are important partners. Contrary to university research, exthex’s goal is to create own spin-offs based on the results of successful research projects.
Top priorities are the future markets of AAL, IoT and Smart Energy. The experienced team has coordinated several national and international projects in these fields and participated in many more.

Current / Finished Projects

Project Duration: 2022- 2024
Total Budget: € 2.1 Mio

The project objective is to enable older adults living alone to stay independent for longer in their own – not home – but SMART home. To achieve this and truly cater for the majority of older adults living alone (1 in every 3 elderly in Europe), we target informal next-of-kin caregivers to adopt and install the digital solution for their older adult, and become the effective user of the app, receiver of care alerts, etc., alongside formal caregivers. Consequently, both informal and formal caregivers play a central role in the end-user feedback and co-creation process alongside older adults and tertiary end-users such as municipalities and health insurers. The technology in use is based on commercially available smart home sensors and a voice agent that use sound-based learning algorithms to monitor for behavioural anomalies in the home of the older adult. The A4A project includes 4 end-user organisations in four different countries, which will conduct a field trial during the project and act as early adopters when the solution is commercialised.

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Project Duration: 2022 – 2024
Total Budget: € 1.3 Mio

Many older adults rely on delivered meals that they re-heat manually at home before serving – typically using a microwave oven. Unfortunately, the re-heating process can be rather challenging and it often happens that the meals get overly cooked. This leads to inedible meals and creates a high demand for external problem solving and assistance with meal preparation. To overcome this, the PREPARIO project aim to deliver an automated meal heating solution, enabling older adults to re-heat their meals safely and independently at home and additionally supplying a safety net of connected and data-driven support functions. The temperature of the meal is measured during microwave heating and used to control the heating of the meal in a fully automated way, enabling a controlled and consistent heating result. A user friendly and connected voice assistance tailored for older adults gives the microwave oven a voice, serving as acoustic feedback and can e.g., remind the user that the meal is ready.

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Project Duration: 2018 – 2021
Total Budget: € 2.3 Mio

The goals in DAPAS are the development of a holistic, scalable and market-ready AAL product as well as the organizational structure to deliver the product successfully on the market. The assets from existing AAL projects and products are merged.

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Project Duration: 2017 – 2020
Total Budget: € 1.6 Mio

SUCCESS provides an innovative training application on the user’s mobile device to support and accompany formal and informal caregivers, and the public, to appropriately and effectively interact with Persons with dementia, based on evidence-based communication and intervention strategies for dementia.

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Project Duration: 2015 – 2018
Total Budget: € 2.4 Mio

zocAALo is a platform to facilitate widespread uptake of certified, accessible and easy-to-use AAL applications. The solution consists of an application marketplace, developer tools, and a certification seal for those looking for elderly-people-oriented trusted applications.

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Project Duration: 2013 – 2016
Total Budget: € 2.9 Mio

DALIA provides an integrated, individually tailored home system based on a personal virtual assistant that supports and empowers elderly adults to live independently at home and care for themselves as long as possible as well as informal carers in their work to relieve stress.

DALIA - Assistant for DAily LIfe Activities

DALIA – Assistant for DAily LIfe Activities

Funded by the Austrian Government and the European Commission

Smart Future

exthex cares about people and therefore offers an innovation eco system for support solutions.

A consecutive combination of energy management, IoT and AAL-technologies offers an entry for people of all ages. Hence, not only the foundation for the later needed support is given, but simultaneously people have the opportunity to decide themselves to be well prepared for ageing.


exthex knows how to go the long way from an idea to a marketable product

Successfully developing Start-ups and Spin-Offs requires a good balance of the right assets, a trustworthy financier, the right „caretakers“, innovative Ideas and Visions and an excellent network.

Success story of Emma

  • 03/2010
    Incorporation of exthex GmbH
  • 2013-2016
    EU AAL Joint Programme project DALIA
  • 2016
    Numerous national and international awards for Emma
  • 2016
    First round of Investor meetings for market introduction
  • 2016
    Pilot project with Energie Steiermark in 15 households
  • 2016-2017
    Prototype to Product development „Emma – flexible living assistant“
    – Supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in its programme AT:Net „EMMA“
  • Q3/2017
    Cooperation Know-Cente
  • Q4/2017
    INiTS Startup Camp 2017, winner of the public voting at Demo Day
  • 09/2018
    Coordination AAL Joint Programme Project DAPAS
  • 02/2019
    Foundation of E_nnovation better life solutions GmbH to market Emma
  • 10/2019
    Going Live „Emma – the flexible living assistance“

Success story of sendhybrid

  • March 2010
    Incorporation of exthex GmbH and development of the exDP and easyVersand prototypes.
  • October 2010
    First big customers BM.I (Austrian Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs) City of Graz, Capital of Styria, Austria
  • 2011-2012
    Numerous national and international Awards
  • 2012
    Supported by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in its programme AT:Net
  • 2012-2013
    Further large customers Vienna Insurance Group (Donau Versicherung, Wiener Städische Versicherung), etc.
  • January 2014
    Founding and operative start of sendhybrid GmbH. Supported by the AWS (federal economical promotional services) in it’s programme “Unternehmensdynamik” (enterprise dynamic)
  • April 2014
    AWS “Founders Fund” starts silent partnership
  • 2014-2015
    Change of technologies, rebuilding and internationalisation of the sendhybrid-suite
  • October 2015
    Cooperation agreement with the Österreichische Post AG (leading logistics and postal services provider in Austria) and takeover of all electronic customers.
  • October 2016
    Österreichische Post AG acquires 26% of sendhybrid
  • January 2017
    Start of

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