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Wearable Electroactive Fabrics Integrated in Garments

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Address

Drienerlolaan 5
7522 Nb Enschede

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 932 776,25

Participants (5)

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LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 702 415

HOEGSKOLAN I BORAS

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 942 991,25

UNIVERSITE DE CERGY-PONTOISE

France

EU Contribution

€ 499 180

ELITAC SYSTEMS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 398 750

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGIES AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 368 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825232

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    30 June 2023

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 844 862,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 844 862,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands