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IS-03: SmartSensors-A - Integration of sensory in clothing fabrics

Exploration of usable integration of body-related sensors in textile backings

Project description

The aim of this project is to research into the commercial viability of integrating sensors into clothing fabrics. It involves the examination of technological solutions for assistance systems that will inconspicuously and reliably support the elderly or disabled, particularly in their day-to-day activities, and thereby enhance their quality of life. One major aspect that has characterized the project right from the start is the direct involvement of subsequent users. The particular needs of user groups are being identified by means of user questionnaires. These will then supply the technical requirements for the laboratory prototypes. Close collaboration with user groups is also being sought during the individual project work packages, so that subsequent laboratory prototypes meet the targets of fitness for everyday use and a high level of acceptance among users.

The sensors are mainly systems for recording vital parameters such as heart frequency, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation or body temperature. The information gathered by the sensors is to be used to simplify and facilitate users' everyday routines. Reliability of function in everyday use, as well as ease of handling, are of major significance. It is also important that the sensors can be inconspicuously integrated into everyday objects or items of clothing, so that users accept the assistance systems and actually use them. Mobile use, during which motion artifacts overlay the actual sensor signals, places exacting demands on the overall system both in technical terms and from a conceptual point of view.

In order to allow users a large degree of self-determination, there is no continuous transmission of the recorded measuring data. The users themselves decide in which situation data is transmitted to a previously determined recipient.

Project Duration

01.07.2010 - 30.04.2015

Project Partners

  • Corscience GmbH & Co. KG
  • Infineon Technologies AG
  • Bayerisches Rotes Kreuz
  • STARRINGER Leder von Sinnen
  • netscouts gGmbH
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen


Dr. Mathias J. Ringler
Netscouts gemeinnützige GmbH

Zerzabelshofstraße 29
90478 Nürnberg

+49-911-400882 12

Weiterer Projektleiter:

Andreas Tobola
Fraunhofer - Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen IIS

Am Wolfsmantel 33
91058 Erlangen


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