The Intelligent Biomedical Clothes endeavor reported was started at the Information Society Technologies (IST) by the European Commission with the project WEALTHY in September 2002. This project aimed at developing a "Wearable Healthcare System" by exploring the capability of combining smart sensors in fiber and yarn form, advanced signal processing and modern telecommunication systems, the whole on a textile platform.
Several years later, while WEALTHY has been able to go beyond the original objectives and is seeking its way towards industrialization and mass production, several other projects have been co-granted by the European Commission to extend the work in this field. They are listed in the table below.
The following projects in the field of Smart Fabrics, Interactive Textiles are co-financed by the European Commission, Information Societies Technologies, in the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes.
|Acronym||Project name||Type||Start||End||Presentation||Coordinator||Number of partners||Overall budget (M€)|
|MyHeart||Fighting cardiovascular diseases by preventive lifestyle & early diagnosis||IP||Jan 2004||Sep 2007||(477KB)||Philips||33||33|
|BIOTEX||Bio-Sensing Textiles to Support Health Management||STREP||Sep 2005||Feb 2008||(178KB)||CSEM||8||3.1|
|PROETEX||Protection e-Textiles: MicroNanostructured fibre systems for Emergency-Disaster Wear||IP||Feb 2006||Jan 2010||(1322KB)||CNR-INFM||23||12.8|
|STELLA||Stretchable Electronics for Large Area Applications||IP||Feb 2006||Jan 2010||(127KB)||FFD-KG||11||13.2|
|OFSETH||Optical Fibre Sensors Embedded into technical Textile for Healthcare||STREP||Mar 2006||Jun 2009||(809KB)||Mutlitel||11||2.3|
|CONTEXT||Contactless sensors for body monitoring integrated in textiles||STREP||Jan 2006||Jun 2008||(893KB)||Philips||6|
|MERMOTH||Medical Remote Monitoring of Clothes||CRAFT||2003||2006||(274KB)||CENTEXBEL||9||1.7|
|SYSTEX||Coordination action for enhancing the breakthrough of intelligent textile systems (e-textiles and wearable microsystems)||CA||2008||2011||Lieva Van Langenhove||0.8||0.8|
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