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


Graphene Flagship Core 3 Flexible Electronics

GRAPHENE-BASED Printed electronics and conductive TEXTILEs

04/2020 – 09/2023

The aim of the work package Flexible Electronics is to demonstrate the viability of graphene and layered materials for applications in flexible electronics and textiles. We do this by developing functional prototypes that perform better and are more reliable than current state-ofthe-art devices, or provide advantages in terms of consumer appeal, business appeal or environmental friendliness.

We carry out our research and development on graphene flakes for printed electronics, and on grown and transferred graphene and layered materials for high-performance flexible devices.

Over the past few years, we have developed a number of new sensors, prototype wearable autonomous devices for health monitoring, interactive printed electronic products based on paper and transparent electrodes to be used in the automotive industry.

EGHI

enhanced good health intelligence for personal behavioural strategies in everyday life

02/2021 - 01/2024


Motivation
Although interest in and commitment to their own health is, on the whole, rising across the population, it is often difficult for individuals to implement appropriate measures in their daily lives. Existing products and services are currently often only used by people who already demonstrate good health behaviour.
Aim and approach
The aim of the project is to develop an AI-based, learning assistance system that supports healthy everyday behaviour. To this end, data from wearables and smartphones will be analysed in order to be able to make suggestions – based on situational analyses, behavioural models and a digital twin (virtual representation of a human) – to their users with regard to health-enhancing behaviour. The use of sensor-aided observation and modelling of situations and behavioural patterns is intended to create a wealth of experience between users and AI, which will then serve as a common level of communication between human and AI. Novel AI-based strategy modelling shall make use of a wide range of user data to provide individualised aids to decision-making as well as recommendations for application scenarios, such as healthy nutrition, exercise in everyday life and support in old age.
Innovations and prospects
The new assistance system will make it possible to provide personalised, adaptive behavioural recommendations that are related to people’s relevant experiences and are easy to implement.
Contribution by IAW

  • Development of the overall system design (from sensor integration to sensor evaluation and processing in neural networks)
  • Development and production of demonstrators for data acquisition
  • Development of business models
EGHI is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) over three years as part of the funding initiative "Adaptive technologies for society – Intelligent interaction between humans and artificial intelligence". The project is coordinated by Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Other partners are DFKI German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, University Duisburg-Essen, Bodymed AG, and Interactive Wear AG.

 

i-compression

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

01/2019 – 06/2022

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.

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 – 03/2022

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.

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.

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