In 2020, AITEX focused some of its research lines on advanced manufacturing, customisation and digitalisation, creating extremely interesting industrial results in the following lines:
- Development of smart textiles for gamification
- Development of smart textiles that monitor physiological and biological parameters
The Institute has worked on the research and development of the following projects:
GAMIFY – RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF SMART TEXTILES FOR GAMIFICATION
In recent years, mobile technology has transformed our lives and smartphones have evolved, leading to new technologies, including gamification.
In this sense, AITEX is working on the GAMIFY project to research and develop smart textiles for gamification. The results obtained during the project include the integration of sensors into knitted garments and textile pressure sensors.
The sensorised fabrics monitor the user’s movements and activity which are then fed into a smartphone app that displays personalised information on how well the wearer is moving during training or rehabilitation.
In addition, pressure sensors have been developed into a touch panel with LEDs connected to the app for the rehabilitation of the arms, improving reflexes and arm mobility in athletes and the elderly.
BIENESMART 2- R&D OF SMART TEXTILES TO MONITOR PHYSIOLOGICAL PARAMETERS FOR ENHANCED WELLBEING
We are increasingly concerned about our health and technology can help mitigate this concern by collecting data to help make better decisions to improve well-being. The BIENESMART 2 project was designed to monitor people’s health by integrating sensors capable of collecting information on physiological and biological parameters in our clothing. Recent leaps in technology have enabled us to use smart textiles and wearable devices for remote and continuous monitoring.
Sensorised clothing simplifies the data collection of a range of variables, by monitoring vital signs and physical activity seamlessly and unobtrusively. All the information collected by the sensors is sent to a smartphone app for the wearer to view.
These textile garments are designed to improve our health and wellbeing, but they also have other fields of application such as preventing sports injuries, improving performance and monitoring physical work. They can also be used in the workplace to monitor stress, ergonomics and worker wellbeing.
This project is supported by the Conselleria d’Economia Sostenible, Sectors Productius, Comerç i Treball de la Generalitat Valenciana, through IVACE.