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Wearable sensors and actuators to monitor and promote physical and emotional wellbeing

Objective

BEWELL project is about developing integration and manufacturing technologies needed for smart skin patch and wrist-device wearable electronics sensing and actuating products. BEWELL project is also about demonstrating three different application use cases.

Wearable electronics belongs to new age consumer electronics together with smartphones, gaming consoles and laptop/tablet computers. Key development focuses of the new devices are better human-machine interfaces, improved connectivity, user-friendly form factors and convenience of use. Internet of things, connected living, quantified self and smart homes are identified as the driving trends of this evolution among which especially the quantified self is clearly driving the wearable electronics. Inside wearable electronics, wrist-worn devices have been the largest segment but body-worn and head-worn devices are expected to grow to similar sized segments.

Intimate skin contact is necessary for reliable sensing and actuation based on sensor results during different levels of activity of the users. Controllable skin contact would be a further improvement in sensing applications. The purpose can be to replace or supplement visual messaging. Therefore, skin patches and associated technologies to enhance the user-device interface also in other types of products such as the wrist-worn ones are of special importance. In BEWELL, we have identified commercially relevant future skin-patch products to be demonstrated. We have also identified a set of critical and versatile technologies that need to be developed for scalable manufacturing and integrated to realize these future products. In particular, the BEWELL project aims to unleash the potential of flexible and wearable electronics for physical and emotional wellbeing by advanced integrated technology components made in Europe.
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Coordinator

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

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Vuorimiehentie 3
02150 Espoo

Finland

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 802 785

Participants (7)

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D. SWAROVSKI DISTRIBUTION GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 528 687,50

POLAR ELECTRO OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 398 950

VARTA MICROBATTERY GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 372 500

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 705 873,75

INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 701 048,75

HOCHSCHULE DER MEDIEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 251 250

BEIERSDORF AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 403 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825172

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 164 845

  • EU contribution

    € 4 164 845

Coordinated by:

Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland