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Smart and Flexible Energy Supply Platform for Wearable Electronics

Smart and Flexible Energy Supply Platform for Wearable Electronics

Objective

The widespread introduction of wearable devices is expected to be one of the major trends in the next one or two decades. First applications have already entered the market, like e.g. the smartwatch from Apple or various types of fitness trackers. However, the main booming period is still expected to happen in future. Health care application, internet of things as well as reshaping of the interaction between humans and electronic devices will be the main drivers for this development. Presently various obstacles still hinder the expected rapid development. Apart from legal topics, like e.g. data security, there are also technological bottlenecks. The energy supply to wearable devices is probably the most serious challenge among these technological bottlenecks.

The Smart2Go project is exactly targeting this topic. The aim of the project is the creation of an autonomous energy-supply platform. Based on the results of the project it will be possible to use a wearable without caring about recharging over its entire lifetime. This aim will be achieved by the combination of a powerful battery with appropriate energy harvesting technologies. The performance of the energy supply platform will be demonstrated in two application cases.

The special feature of Smart2Go is the standardization of the interfaces within the platform. This will enable manufacturers to easily adapt it to various different application after the end of the project. Additionally, the type of energy harvesting can be changed as well, further extending the variability of the platform. This concept is a major part of the expected impact of the project results. At the same time, this is the decisive point that distinguishes the project form various other activities in this area.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 692 668,75

Participants (11)

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Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 634 635

JOANNEUM RESEARCH FORSCHUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 421 442,50

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 220 003,75

TTY-SAATIO

Finland

TAMPEREEN KORKEAKOULUSAATIO SR

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 307 375

ARMOR SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

VARTA MICRO INNOVATION GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 450 391,25

ATOMIC AUSTRIA GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 250 000

HELLY HANSEN AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 247 000

TRELIC OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 202 500

AMIRES SRO

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825143

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 976 016,25

  • EU contribution

    € 3 976 016,25

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany