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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...

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Imec and Holst Centre present a gas sensing platform for intuitive internet-of-things applications

Imec and Holst Centre have developed a small NO 2 sensor featuring a low power consumption in the mW range. The sensors have a low detection limit for NO 2 and a fast response time. They are particularly well suited for air quality monitoring and serve as a solution to the increased demand fo...

Posted on Jun 23, 2015

Holst Centre and imec welcome partners to new Intuitive Internet of Things research program 

At the Imec Technology Forum 2015 taking place June 23-24, imec and Holst Centre (set up by imec and TNO) launch a new industrial affiliation program on Intuitive Internet of Things (I2oT). The program aims at leveraging imec and Holst Centre's expertise to develop, together with industry ...

  Dyesol  becomes industrial partner of Solliance

Posted on Jun 17, 2015

Dyesol becomes industrial partner of Solliance

Solliance - the solar energy R&D consortium of Holst Centre, ECN, imec, TNO, TU/e, Forschungszentrum Jülich, University Hasselt and Delft University of Technology - and Dyesol Limited, world leader in the industrialisation of Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC) technology, are pleased to announce they have signed an agreement formalising Dyesol's entry as an Industrial Partner to Solliance .   Solliance is active in the field of thin film photovoltaic solar energy and provides state of the art laboratories and pilot production lines which are jointly used for dedicated research programmes. The three year agreement gives Dyesol access to the world's best processing equipment and expertise suited to the commercialisation of its revolutionary Perovskite Solar Cell (PSC...

  Solar Shirt:  the phone charger you wear

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Solar Shirt: the phone charger you wear

Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Austin (Texas, USA), March 15, 2015 - Ever had the frustration of your phone, camera or GPS battery going flat when you're out and about? That could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the Solar Shirt – the follow-up project after Wearable Solar. Created in collaboration by Holst Centre, TNO and renowned fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, the shirt brings the worlds of high tech and high-street fashion together. It combines solar panels and flexible electronics into an attractive, off-the-peg T-shirt for everyday wear that can charge your smartphone or other portable devices .   The Solar Shirt generates power from 120 thin-film solar cells integrated into the fabric itself. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1 W of electricity ...

PING consortium aims to realize the creation of smart and interactive printed objects.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

PING consortium aims to realize the creation of smart and interactive printed objects.

Inspired and supported by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission, 6 world leading companies from 4 different EU countries, Cartamundi, Van Genechten Packaging, PragmatIC, SMARTRAC, Holst Centre/TNO and imec, have launched PING (Printed Intelligent NFC Game cards and packaging), a...

Imec and Holst Centre to Present Key Achievements at ISSCC 2015

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Imec and Holst Centre to Present Key Achievements at ISSCC 2015

LEUVEN (Belgium) and EINDHOVEN (The Netherlands) - Feb. 11, 2015 - At this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference to be held in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 22-26, imec and Holst Centre will present eight scientific papers covering ground breaking results on ultra-low power de...

Holst Centre and Flex-o-Fab take the first step towards "lighting by the mile"

Posted on Jan 15, 2015

Holst Centre and Flex-o-Fab take the first step towards "lighting by the mile"

Researchers from the EU-funded Flex-o-Fab project have successfully fabricated working OLED devices on a flexible barrier layer produced in a roll-to-roll (R2R) process. Produced on a PET plastic film, this breakthrough is a significant first step towards taking flexible OLEDs 'from lab to fab' and hence to commercial production. It draws on technical developments achieved within both Flex-o-Fab and Holst Centre's joint research program into high-performance flexible barriers for organic electronics . OLEDs - or organic light-emitting diodes - hold the promise of flexible, thin, lightweight and power-efficient lighting applications including wearables. They also have the potential to be manufactured in high-volume R2R processes, allowing "lighting by the mile&quo...

Holst Centre and imec Introduce Polymer Dry Electrodes for biopotential measurements such as EEG and ECG

Posted on Dec 5, 2014

Holst Centre and imec Introduce Polymer Dry Electrodes for biopotential measurements such as EEG and ECG

Holst Centre, imec and Datwyler Sealing Solutions, a leading supplier of customer specific sealing, closure and packaging solutions to global market segments, such as the Automotive, Health Care, Civil Engineering and Consumer Goods Industries, will present a novel polymer dry electrode. So...

Multi-sensor Data Acquisition IC and Open Hardware Development Kit for Personal Health Monitoring

Posted on Dec 4, 2014

Multi-sensor Data Acquisition IC and Open Hardware Development Kit for Personal Health Monitoring

At next week's mHealth Summit 2014, held Dec. 7-11 in Washington, D.C., nanoelectronics research center imec and Holst Centre will showcase at their booth (#610) a development kit based on an open hardware platform using a highly integrated multi-sensor data acquisition chip. The chip...