Holst Centre, an independent R&D center based in The Netherlands, will present several of its developments on human-centric wearables for smart health this month.
Human-centric wearables provide opportunities to address the challenges today's society faces with regards to the wellbeing of people. By integrating electronics in textiles Holst Centre builds on the intimacy of clothing, augmenting its expressive and communicative qualities. Holst Centre develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics. Their aim is to respond to global societal challenges in areas such as healthcare and lifestyle with fashion-tech driven concepts as:
MYSA - 'Relax Shirt'
Due to chronic stress caused by high workloads, burnouts are a rising social and economic problem. MYSA is a "relax shirt" designed for daily use that reminds its wearer of taking regular breaks. During these breaks MYSA creates a moment of relaxation by guiding the wearer through a calming breathing exercise using haptic feedback. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Haptics 2020-2030: Technologies, Markets and Players. Six small vibration motors that are positioned along the spine and interconnected by printed electronics are programmed to mimic the desired breathing rhythm. The rhythm of the vibrations supports wearers to practice diaphragmatic breathing, a techniques that helps to slow down breathing and calm the nervous system. When wearers attune their breathing to this rhythm, it decreases their stress level in both the long and short term.
Closed Loop Smart Athleisure Fashion
Fashionable shirt-portfolio with ECG sensors for vital sign monitoring. Developed with tech designer Marina Toeters, this concept was selected for "Bright Day 2018 - the best at the Dutch Design Week."
Health patches and human-centric healthcare concepts
Vital sign health patches to monitor bio-signals as ECG, breathing depth and peripheral capillary oxygen saturation (SpO2). Comfortable and stretchable patch designs for long term 'clinical level' monitoring in domestic settings. Disposable multi-modal vital signs patch designed for multi-days continuous monitoring with low-power design and state-of-the-art skin-contact materials. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Electronic Skin Patches 2019-2029.
Therapeutic photo-biomodulation headband using infrared light to reduce symptoms of stress. Hybrid printed electronics, with interconnected LED components, integrated into a soft textile headband.
Source: Holst Centre