A Glimpse of the Future at first Wearable Technology Special Interest Group Event

Silverstone Technology Cluster

22nd December 2020

On December 17th the STC’s first Wearable Technology Special Interest Group event was held, showcasing current and future technology in this exciting and rapidly growing technological arena.

Tristan Allen of Room 44, talked about some of the innovative work they have been involved with looking at wound healing, and how this technology and philosophy has transferred into food-tech and its wider implications for future technology trends.

The Open University have developed a wearable haptic technology with a demonstrated capacity to improve the gait of stroke survivors and people living with a range of other neurological conditions such as Huntingdon’s and Parkinson’s disease. Simon Holland explained about this important research and invited expressions of interest from collaborative partners. During the Q&A it became clear that several of the attendees were interested in supporting this work, and the STC facilitated introductions to hopefully take this forward.

Alan van der Merwe, co-founder of Signal Biometrics explained how they work with F1 for effective and real-time driver monitoring, especially during critical events like crashes. Alan further talked about the work they are doing with NHS trusts to pioneer more monitoring technology for patients.

Lastly, Alex Watson from Future Electronics provided a very in-depth presentation on the latest in available, and soon to be available, sensor and processing technology sure to have an impact on the development of many wearable devices.

‘The feedback we received was very, very positive’, commented STC CEO Pim van Baarsen. ‘It was clear from the engagement of the audience in the Q&A sessions and discussions that there is a huge appetite in this area and so I have no doubt that this will be another very valuable Special Interest Group for the STC. We are very much looking forward to running more events in 2021.’

The event is available for review here.

The presentations are also available to review:
Wearable Trends – Tristan Allen, Room 44
Wearable Haptics for Stroke Rehabilitation – Simon Holland, The Open University
New Sensing Technology Applications – Alan van der Merwe, Signal Biometrics
Sensing the Future of Wearables – Alex Watson, Future Electronics


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