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 humanmachine interfaces, improved connectivity, user-friendly form factors and convenience of use. Internet of things, connected living, quantifed self and smart homes are identifed as the driving trends of this evolution among which especially the quantifed 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.
Grant agreement ID: 825172
End date: 31 March 2022
Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT Oy, Finland
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and Innovation programme under grant agreement N°825172.