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Bio-sensing textiles to support health management

Bio-sensing textiles to support health management

Objective

Integration of health monitoring tools into textiles brings the benefits of safety and comfort to the users. Instrumented clothes will provide remote monitoring of vitals signs, diagnostics to improve early illness detection and metabolic disorder and benefits to the reduction on medical social costs to the citizen. Ambulatory healthcare, isolated people, convalescent people and patients with chronic diseases are addressed. To date, developments in that field are mainly focused on physiological measurements (body temperature, electro-cardiogram, electromyogram, breath rhythm, etc.) with first applications targeting sport monitoring and prevention of cardiovascular risk.

Biochemical measurements on body fluids will be needed to tackle very important health and safety issues. The BIOTEX project aims at developing dedicated biochemical-sensing techniques compatible with integration into textile. This goal represents a complete breakthrough, which allows for the first time the monitoring of body fluids via sensors distributed on a textile substrate and performing biochemical measurements. BIOTEX is addressing the sensing part and its electrical or optical connection to a signal processor.

The approach aims at developing sensing patches, adapted to different targeted body fluids and biological species to be monitored, where the textile itself is the sensor. The extension to whole garment and the integration with physiological monitors is part of the roadmap of the consortium. The consortium consists of 8 partners from 4 countries. It includes two research institutes in the field of micro and nanotechnology, two SMEs active in clothing R&D and production, two universities leader in wearable bioengineering, and two companies expert in engineering and manufacturing of textiles for demanding markets.

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CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

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Rue Jaquet-Droz 1
2007 Neuchatel

Switzerland

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Participants (7)

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COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE

France

DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

Ireland

PENELOPE SPA

Italy

SMARTEX S.R.L.

Italy

SOFILETA SAS

France

THUASNE

France

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 16789

  • Start date

    1 September 2005

  • End date

    29 February 2008

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 108 029

  • EU contribution

    € 1 900 000

Coordinated by:

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT

Switzerland