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Metallisation of Textiles to make Urban living for Older people more Independent Fashionable

Project description

Reimagining assistive tech for the elderly

With an ageing European population, there is a growing need for products that support people's independence. Assistive technology (AT) is often unsightly and stigmatises the user resulting in high abandonment rates. The EU-funded MATUROLIFE project is supporting the independence of older adults by embedding "smart" textiles into three innovative AT prototypes. MATUROLIFE will not only develop an innovative process for the selective metallisation of textiles, but it will also embed user-centred design and co-creation into the heart of its activities. To achieve this, it will work with older adults to develop discrete forms of AT to make them not only functional but desirable too.

Objective

Urban areas are seeing an increasing population of older people and existing approaches to care for them are becoming unsustainable creating a European wide societal challenge. Assistive technology can provide them with security that will enable them to live independently e.g. wearing alarms and tracking devices around the arm or neck to alert carers to falls or their location if they wander. However such technology is often unsightly and stigmatises the user resulting in high abandonment rates.
The MATUROLIFE project will integrate creative artists and fashion designers into the research team to facilitate design-driven innovation. The project will build on existing technological advances in materials which have produced a highly innovative selective metallisation process that utilises nanotechnology, electrochemistry and materials science to encapsulate fibres in textiles with metal and thereby provide conductivity and electronic connectivity. In this way, better integration of electronics and sensors into fabrics and textiles will be possible. This will give the fashion designers and artists the tools to produce AT for older people that is not only functional but is more desirable and appealing as well as being lighter and more comfortable.
Building on exiting best practice the consortium will include societal stakeholder groups representing end users (i.e. older people) who will be heavily involved in the design process as well as giving feedback and direction on the development of AT prototypes contributing significantly to end-user acceptance. The prototypes will demonstrate proof of concept and the industrial scalability of the selective metallisation process will be validated. Thus, the project will end at TRL7.
The Assistive Technology produced as a result of the project will benefit all the SMEs in the consortium but particularly those in the creative sector who expect to see sustainable growth and an increase in jobs as a direct result of the project.

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-NMBP-2017-two-stage

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Coordinator

COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 1 193 845,00
Address
Priory street
CV1 5FB Coventry
United Kingdom

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Region
West Midlands (England) West Midlands Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Other funding
€ 0,00

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