Bringing to Market: Smart Textiles

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Presentation HealthTech Stage D80

In 1589, Willian Lee of Calverton, near Nottingham invented the stocking frame. This revolutionised weft knitting in the 16thcentury. It is still revolutionary today because its direct descendants are knitting the textiles sensing systems that will allow simple, cost effective and non-intrusive remote monitoring as the basis of healthcare in the 21stcentury.

As societies across the world, we interact with textiles, 96% of our time on this little blue planet. This interaction when combined with sensors, will allow healthcare to be delivered in a completely different way. No more time consuming, costly clinical or out-patient visits for simple checks. Your clothes, car seat, office chair or footwear will gather the data your physician or clinician needs to see and transmit it silently and secretly to their devices at a place and time at their convenience.

Monitoring humans for affordable, democratic healthcare needs to be a goal of our society in the 21stcentury. Computing power, the internet and the creativity of the human mind can create a fundamental change in how we value our fellow man. Let’s make it happen

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