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Elderly to get help from hi-tech clothes

2nd June 2009

Scientists at the University of Ulster are looking at ways of using electronically adapted clothing to assist elderly people.

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The research, which will run for three years, might allow information about heart rates to be adapted into clothes.

The University's Computer Science Research Institute has been exploring how "assistive technologies" could allow older people to live independently and monitor their health.

The institute's director, Professor Bryan Scotney, said they would be investigating sensor technologies.

He said the research was particularly interesting because they would be "working with partners with complementary expertise that will enable our research in sensor technologies, data fusion and intelligent data analysis to have a real impact on people's everyday lives."

Funding for the project comes from the New Dynamics of Ageing Programme and brings together a number of different universities in the UK.

The team at the university includes Dr Eric Wallace, Director of the Sport and Exercise Research Institute.

He said that once they had recorded information about the movements of elderly people  "it is then passed to SESRI and we will make sense of it in a lifestyle capacity."

"This information can then in turn be used by those developing the garments, to understand better the most effective usage of the technology in the clothing." 


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