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Wearable Electroactive Fabrics Integrated in Garments

Objective

WEAFING will develop innovative garments with integrated textile actuators, sensors, and electronics for haptic stimulation. We will advance the technology and manufacturability of electroactive fabrics resulting in lightweight and flexible textile actuators. Integration of the actuators in wearables takes into account different textile morphologies, soft mechatronics, producibility, and human perception. The garments developed will have a high level of wearability as the actuator is the garment itself and the technology is silent. These wearables are based on a new kind of textile muscles that are also enhanced within the project. In wearable technology, most R&D comprises sensors and only very little concerns wearable actuator technology. There is a limited set of actuators for wearables and 95% of the applications for haptic feedback are based on vibration motors. Textile muscles offer a completely novel and different quality of haptic sensation. Furthermore, being textiles they offer a new way of designing and fabricating wearable haptics and can be seamlessly integrated into garments. They are silent, use low driving voltages, lightweight, soft and pliable, in contrast to other solutions that most often are hard, bulky and noisy. For these novel form of textile muscles we foresee a huge range of possible applications in haptics: for ergonomics, wellness, gaming, inclusion, or social communication. Electromechanically active polymers form a basis for the textile muscles. When low voltage is applied to the coated yarns, they contract. Processing the yarns into textiles multiplies the effect of the contraction and/or delivered force, depending on the textile construction. In a co-design approach involving end-users we will develop demonstrator garments for haptic stimulation and investigate their properties in a multidisciplinary team with members from chemistry, physics, soft mechatronics, textile technology, human perception and cognition, and wearable design.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/internet/internet of things
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/mechatronics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2018-2
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 932 776,25

Participants (5)

LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 702 415
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HOEGSKOLAN I BORAS
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 942 991,25
Address
Allegatan 1
50190 Boras
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CY CERGY PARIS UNIVERSITE
France
EU contribution
€ 499 180
Address
33 Boulevard Du Port
95011 Cergy-pontoise
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELITAC SYSTEMS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 398 750
Address
Nijverheidsweg 16B
3534 AM Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 368 750
Address
Madeleine Ruoff Str 26
82211 Herrsching
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)