Life Saving and Future Tech at Wearable Technology SIG Event

Silverstone Technology Cluster

13th May 2021

The latest Wearable Technology Special Interest Group event, held on April 29th, 2021, saw fascinating presentations from various organisations to highlight some of the latest developments in this area.

The first presentation, by Professor Dan Clark, Head of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospital, explored wearable technology in healthcare in monitoring, self-care and inpatients contexts, exploring challenges and opportunities along the way.

Jocelyn Paulley of Gowling WLG law firm then followed with an insightful presentation on the complex data and privacy legal issues, clearly outlining some of the pitfalls and challenges business need to overcome in this area.

Neil Levett from Clearview Intelligence followed to talk about their innovative personnel detection technology and its impact on the safety of plant/people interface in hazardous working environments. This technology also proved useful during the pandemic, as they worked with numerous high-profile television shows to help them maintain social distancing for the crews.

After the networking break, Dr Duncan Banks, from the School of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences at The Open University, shared his extensive work on wearable and implantable innovations for healthcare management, including a call for technological partners from the STC community.

Last but most certainly not least, Simon McMaster, Founder and CSO of Footfalls and Heartbeats presented their revolutionary manufacturing process that allows the textile to be the sensor. We learned how their innovative technology combines mathematically determined textile structures using electrically conductive yarn to form a repeatable and sensitive sensor network.

“This was a really engaging and interesting event” commented STC CEO Pim van Baarsen. “It was fascinating to see some of the new technologies and concepts of course, but we gather from the feedback that people really appreciated the balance of the event, where we don’t ignore the very important issues around data and privacy. We received very positive feedback on this event and look forward to delivering more of these in the future.”

You can review the event recording now available on the STC Youtube channel. 

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