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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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 Turning clothing into information displays

Posted on Sep 2, 2015

Turning clothing into information displays

Researchers from Holst Centre (set up by TNO and imec), imec and CMST, imec's associated lab at Ghent University, have demonstrated the world's first stretchable and conformable thin-film transistor (TFT) driven LED display laminated into textiles. This paves the way to wearable displays in clothing providing users with feedback.   Wearable devices such as healthcare monitors and activity trackers are now a part of everyday life for many people. Today's wearables are separate devices that users must remember to wear. The next step forward will be to integrate these devices into our clothing. Doing so will make wearable devices less obtrusive and more comfortable, encouraging people to use them more regularly and, hence, increasing the quality of data collected. A ...

  Imec and Holst Centre Showcase Comfortable EEG Headset for Consumer Applications

Posted on Aug 24, 2015

 Imec and Holst Centre Showcase Comfortable EEG Headset for Consumer Applications

Aug 24, 2015 - Today, Holst Centre, imec and Delft University of Technology, announced the introduction of a new wireless electroencephalogram (EEG) headset that fits comfortably and achieves a high quality EEG signal. The headset enables affective brain-computer interfacing and can monitor emot...

 Imec and Holst Centre Showcase Advanced  Smart Garments  at ITF Brussels 2015

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Imec and Holst Centre Showcase Advanced Smart Garments at ITF Brussels 2015

June 24, 2015 - Leuven (Belgium) and Eindhoven (the Netherlands) – Today, imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) are demonstrating the most advanced smart garment to date at the Imec Technology Forum (ITF) in Brussels. The smart t-shirt measures a highly accurate electrocardiogram (ECG), recognizes activity and calculates energy expenditure in an unobtrusive way. The smart t-shirt allows for maximum user comfort and natural movement.   "Wearable technology that measures body parameters has become increasingly popular in recent years. Smart garments have the ability to tackle a vast range of applications from fitness tracking and healthcare monitoring to safety applications, such as firefighters working in dangerous situations. Today, on-body sensing is perform...

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