I am a big fan of unobtrusive “invisible” technology that can actually improve people’s lives.
The standard of excellence in this area is, oddly, the degree to which the technology goes unnoticed by the people who are using it.
I see that a group of UK scientists are on the right track.
Housecoats and electronics are set to meet in a research project led by Northern Ireland academics.
University of Ulster researchers are examining how hi-tech clothing could improve the lives of older people.
The three-year project could see electronic devices built in to clothing that could provide information ranging from heart rate to bus timetables.
The research, funded by the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme, is driven by teams from several UK universities.
The University of Ulster’s Computer Science Research Institute has been doing work on assistive technologies for independent living and healthcare monitoring.
Its director, Professor Bryan Scotney, said they would be looking at sensor technologies.
“This project is particularly exciting as we will be working with partners with complementary expertise that will enable our research in sensor technologies, data fusion and intelligent data analysis to have a real impact on people’s everyday lives,” he said.
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