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Wearable multiplexed biomedical electrodes

Objective

WEARPLEX is a multidisciplinary research and innovation action with the overall aim to integrate printed electronics with flexible and wearable textile-based biomedical multi-pad electrodes. It aims to answer the growing need for user-friendly electrodes for pervasive measurement of electrophysiological signals and application of electrical stimulation. It focuses on the development of the printable electronics and manufacturing processes for stretchable textile based multi-pad electrodes with integrated logic circuits that enable a significant increase in the number of electrode pads (channels) and facilitate the creation of new products in the sectors of medical electronics and life-style. The advanced printed electronics integrated in WEARPLEX electrodes will allow the individual pads to be connected in arbitrary configurations to the output leads of the electrode. Therefore, the pads will be flexibly organized into several virtual electrodes of arbitrary position, shape and size that can be connected to any standard multi-channel recording and stimulation system. In addition, software methods will be developed for automatic calibration of these virtual electrodes, to detect stimulation/recording hotspots and adjust the virtual electrodes accordingly.

Therefore, the WEARPLEX project will lead to a new generation of smart electrodes that will be able to adapt simultaneously to the user (wearable and stretchable garment), recording/stimulation scenario (movement type and target muscles) and recording/stimulation system (number of channels). This is a paradigm shift in designing the recording and stimulation systems, as the switching electronics is shifted from the custom-made stimulator/recording device to the smart electrode, leading to a universal solution compatible with any system.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Address

Highfield
So17 1bj Southampton

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 636 590

Participants (8)

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FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 506 500

FUNDACION BCMATERIALS - BASQUE CENTRE FOR MATERIALS, APPLICATIONS AND NANOSTRUCTURES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 355 593,75

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 453 250

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 448 391,25

AALBORG UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 365 298,75

ABALONYX AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 301 500

IDUN TECHNOLOGIES AG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 354 375

SCREENTEC OY

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 311 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 825339

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2019

  • End date

    31 December 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 732 749,29

  • EU contribution

    € 3 732 748,75

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom