Details

Project TitleMethod of Using a Textile Switch to Measure Physical Activity Within an Apparel Product
Track Code2017-043
Short Description

APPLICATIONS: 

This product can be used as a wearable activity monitor

 PROBLEMS ADDRESSED:

 The activity monitors currently available in the market are either worn around the wrist, or attached to various pieces of clothing. Smart textiles integrate activity monitoring into the clothing itself making the monitoring system more comfortable, stylish, and easier to use. Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed an alternative approach for measuring activity that is easily implemented, and uses very simple electronics.

TECHNOLOGY DESCRIPTION:

This invention is a novel integration of a smart, comfortable fabric with very inexpensive, durable electronics.  The textile sensor can measure and map physical activity, and is especially appropriate for measuring motion with a defined beginning and end, for example steps. The sensor can be easily integrated into a variety of different types of apparel, so is not restricted to active wear.

STAGE OF DEVELOPMENT:

A working prototype exists, and optimization for specific applications  is underway..  Extension to alternative applications could be quickly accomplished.

AbstractNone
 
Tagsphysical activity, wearable, garment, textile, clothing, Smart Technology
 
Posted DateJul 14, 2017 11:04 AM

Researcher

Name
Martha Hall
Mark Greenspan

Manager

Name
William Johnson

Benefits

  • Highly customizable
  • Lower weight than current wearable motion sensors
  • Highly accurate and comfortable
  • User-centered design and an easy-to-read output

Uses/Users

Inquiry

Denise Bierlein

Licensing Analyst

Telephone:  302-831-4005

Email:  techtransfer@udel.edu

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
Patent Pending None Provisional United States
None None Other Patent None