Creating Wearables of the future

We are looking after conductive materials, fibers and fabrics. We search for contact and integration methods. We apply low power and high performance electronics. Everything we do is focussed on building innovative applications.

We support our customers to create innovate products by industrializing research results, from graphene and nano carbon tubes to micromechanical systems and edge computing, applied to personal protective equipement as well as to ambient assistent living environments.

Research

We cooperate with universities, institutes and partners from industry in research projects. Our goal is to create, identify and use new technologies that contribute to wearable products by industrialization of new materials, seamless integration of electronics into textiles, advanced embedded controller and edge computing devices.

Focus of our research activities is the implementation of textile based distributed systems as well as the development and integration of new conductive textile components.

Furthermore, we support research projects through building professional demonstrators and prototypes in the area of smart textiles.

RWTH Aachen University - Institute of Textile Technology
TITV Greiz - The Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials
Technical University of Dresden - Chair for Molecular Functional Materials
Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS
Forschungsgruppe Geriatrie der Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence - Augmented Vision
Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg - Machine Learning & Data Analytics
Technical University Munich - Chair for Applied Software Engineering

Current and recent Research Projects


BIONIC

Personalised Body Sensor Networks with Built-In Intelligence for Real-Time Risk Assessment and Coaching of Ageing workers, in all types of working and living environments

01/2019 – 12/2021

Horizon 2020 Call: Adaptive smart working and living environments supporting active and healthy ageing

Our overall objective is to develop a holistic, unobtrusive, autonomous and privacy preserving platform for real-time risk alerting and continuous coaching. This platform will enable the design of workplace interventions adapted to the needs and fitness levels of specific ageing workforce. Gamification strategies adapted to the needs and wishes of the elderly workers will ensure optimal engagement for prevention and self-management of musculoskeletal health in any working/living environment.

The BIONIC consortium consists of a multidisciplinary team of researchers in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, System Security and Personal Data Protection; teaming up with experts in Wearable (Health) Electronics, Ergonomics and Anthropometry, Occupational Safety and Health. Results will be validated in real workplace environments by two prominent European enterprises from the construction and from the manufacturing sectors.

Reizstrumpf

Entwicklung eines intelligenten Kompressionsstrumpfs zur Thromboseprophylaxe bei pflegebedürftigen Personen
(REIZSTRUMPF)

01/2019 – 12/2021

The goal of the project is to develop compression stockings with various integrated sensors and actuators. It will support the effect of venous return flow back to the heart from conventional compression stockings through active decongestion induced by electrically stimulated muscle movement. Data from integrated motion measurement will provide important information for the medical care.

WearGraph

SELF-POWERED GRAPHENE-BASED TEXTILE FOR WEARABLE ELECTRONICS

04/2018 – 03/2020

The goal of this project is to produce textile-based wearable devices for energy generation and storage based on graphene and related materials (GRMs). In particular, we will develop and optimize a multifunctional, wearable device combining graphene-based solar cell (SC) and triboelectric nanogenerator (TNG) with a supercapacitor (SPC).

SAAM

Supporting Active Aging through Multimodal coaching

10/2017 – 09/2020

Within the SAAM project we focus upon innovative, technology-enabled approaches to support the aging population living at home, with a novel and practical emphasis on ambient sensing and learning of user needs and preferences, and effective coaching by leveraging the user’s social support networks.  

FaDruS

Faserbasierter Drucksensor

03/2017 - 09/2019

The target of this project is the production of an innovative textile-based and flexible pressure sensor. The polymer fibers processed in the sensor are based on nanocomposite materials and are able to change their electrical resistance under pressure and strain loads. The fibers will be woven to sensing bands that are connected with a sensing electronics to evaluate the pressure. 

Easy-IMP

Collaborative Development of Intelligent Wearable Meta-Products in the Cloud

09/2013 - 08/2016

The partners within the EASY-IMP project developed

  • methods, tools and platforms for the design and production of personalized Meta-Products, combining wearable intelligent sensors with mobile and cloud computing.
  • a collaborative platform for all actors involved in the design and production process.

Interactive Wear successfully implemented a distributed sensor network based on textile cable interconnection, enhanced with actuators as feedback components. The result is used by several research partners and will be enhanced within further research and commercial projects.

MicroHub Wearable Development Kit

The MicroHub development kit is designed to realize applications with sensory-feedback. The modular development platform combines different sensor and actuator elements, controllers and power supplies in order to complete ready-to-go sensory-feedback solutions. Backbone of the development system is the textile wired interconnection with SPI based communication that allows synchronized data acquisition of multiple sensors.

MicroHub MCU Board

The main board consists of an energy efficient and power saving ARM Cortex M0+ sensor hub with 2x10 stackable pin connectors for an application and a communication shield. A distributed sensor and feedback network could be connected via 2x6 pad interface for textile cable.

Power supply

The system supports any kind of LIP (Lithium Polymer) battery to connect. The kit contains a 190 mAh LIP battery.

Communication Shield

 As a standard we provide a combined BLE / SD-card shield. Other shields are available on demand, e.g. WIFI, LoRa or Narrowband IoT.

Sensors

The sensor shield support any kind of sensor modules with SPI/I2C interface. Additionally the MicroHub provides an ADC interface.

The MicroHub is a unique development platform designed to address the need for the development of wearable applications. It is a mobile battery powered sensor/actuator data acquisition unit that supports wireless communication. It is a  low weight wearable MCU system.

The MCU board is designed to be used with a eclipse-based SDK. The library and example programs are available for the main MCU board. For sensor fusion applications the MCU board can be connected to the Invensense SensorStudio tool. The communication shield provides wireless communication with a BLE compliant module and provides the capability to store sensor data locally on a MicroSD card.

Interested to join our Research Community?

Just write us an email and describe what you are intending to do. Let's find a way to turn your research into a real project.

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