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Project to pave way for first wearable textiles computer
T-Shirts used as mobile phones sounds like the stuff of science fiction. But a research project led by Nottingham Trent University could turn such future-gazing tech into reality. The university’s Advanced Textiles Research Group (ATRG) has been given £1.3m to advance the technology that will pave the way towards the world’s first wearable computer.
Flea-sized solar panels embedded in clothes
Clothing embedded with tiny solar cells the size of a flea can allow wearers to generate electricity on the move and charge items like mobile phones and smartwatches.
Harvesting energy with old bike parts
A wave energy harvester powerful enough to charge a mobile phone has been developed by researchers at Nottingham Trent University. The harvester has been made out of old bike parts and a disused pressure cooker. BSc Product Design undergraduate Owen Griffiths and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh, a professor of intelligent engineering systems, created the energy harvester to help people in developing countries with poor access to electricity. &nb...
Mushroom speakers amplify environmental message
Speakers made from the roots of mushrooms have been designed by a Nottingham Trent University student to create a new sound. Bertie Ford, who created FungiSound as part of his BSc Product Design degree, says his project also sends out an environmental message about the imaginative use of natural materials. Using mycelium – the material produced underground by mushrooms – the 22-year-old has made casing which also acts as sou...
E-gloves protect workers from dangerous vibration
Gloves embedded with tiny sensors are being developed by Nottingham Trent University to help protect construction workers from exposure to vibration. Led by Professor Tilak Dias, of the School of Art & Design, the technology aims to alert wearers to when they experience vibrations likely to cause conditions such as vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Predictor forecasts energy use a decade in advance
A researcher has developed a forecasting tool which can predict an individual’s or an entire city’s energy needs ten years in advance to enhance the way planners achieve environmental targets and help those in fuel-poverty understand their future needs.
Smart specs treats facial palsy
Smart specs that know when you are smiling are being developed by researchers to help rehabilitate people with facial palsy. The technology - named Facial Remote Activity Monitoring Eyewear (Frame) - may lend itself to other future applications such as providing feedback on a person’s mood if, for instance, they have depression. It may also enable someone who is tetraplegic control a wheelchair.
Tackling rugby concussions
A student at Nottingham Trent University has developed a new wearable device that warns rugby referees if a player needs to be medically examined. George Russell, 21, who’s studying a BSc in Product Design, created the device after his brother underwent MRI scans after developing concussion twice while playing rugby. Russell’s device can prevent players carrying on in the heat of battle after suffering a dangerous knock to the he...
Monitoring diabetes with smart socks
Research by Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with Copenhagen/San Francisco-based Siren Care, has led to the development of electronic smart socks which inform users of the early signs of diabetic foot ulcers. The new development could help doctors to remotely monitor diabetics for a potentially life threatening condition thanks to the measurement of foot temperature.
Smart materials to help deliver emergency oxygen
Inventors at Nottingham Trent University are using smart materials to develop a low-cost steerable medical device to help doctors insert a life-saving breathing tube into a patient’s windpipe to provide oxygen in emergency situations. The steerable endotracheal bougie, being developed by a team led by Professor Philip Breedon, Smart Technologies, aims to improve the way that doctors insert endotracheal tubes into patients who are in in...
Xbox technology rehabilitates stroke patients
For the first time, stroke patients are being rehabilitated at home with the help of videogame technology from Microsoft. Professor Philip Breedon, Professor of Smart Technologies, Nottingham Trent University, has used the Xbox Kinect, a gaming device which senses movement and voice commands, to help patients with facial palsy.
Perform sheet music without frequently refreshing the page
Supported by Nottingham Trent University, Martin Smith has launched a purpose-built portable music sheet reader with a 22" screen to allow musicians to perform without frequently refreshing the page. The MSc engineering management graduate aim to raise £35,000 to build the first line of ziks, following five years of product development.
Artificial intelligence safety cameras save lives
An academic from Nottingham Trent University has developed artificial intelligence safety cameras. Capable of detecting dangerous levels of crowding with one hundred per cent accuracy during day or night, the smart camera system aims to help save lives by improving crowd safety at large open space public gatherings.
Universities transform wearable radio communications
Working alongside several industry partners, researchers at Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University have developed a prototype garment incorporating an embroidered antenna. Ideally suited for search and rescue applications, the newly designed antenna is fully flexible, lightweight and water resistant.