The Internet of Things, connectivity and a growing self-awareness of health and well-being has led to a boom in smart watches and fitness trackers for monitoring daily physical activity and other aspects of health, such as vital signs.
Consumers love the convenience of these smart, discreet devices, but imagine if there were a flexible wearable that never needed to be charged.
This month, work started to achieve this very goal, during the first Smart2Go project meeting, held at the Fraunhofer FEP Institute in Dresden.
The project aims to develop an autonomous energy-supply platform for wearables, using novel energy storage and harvesting systems. The performance of the energy supply platform will be demonstrated in two application cases.
Combining standards and innovative technologies
Experts working in standards for printed electronics, flexible electronics based products and R2R coating, printing and laminating processes also participated in the meeting.
IEC work for printed electronics, wearable electronic devices and data privacy and security falls within the project scope. Alan Hodgson, who leads IEC printed electronics standardization activities also attended.
“The special feature of Smart2Go is the standardization of the interfaces within the platform. The external expertise in the field of international standards involved at the meeting of this group could produce some valuable input for IEC work.”
Researchers and companies involved in flexible electronics and energy scavenging and storage, discussed the work plan for the development of materials and components to be integrated in the Smart2Go project.
About the project
Smart2Go is funded by the European Commission Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which covers flexible and wearable electronics, under information and communication technologies.