Footfalls & Heartbeats has developed a revolutionary and proprietary process for manufacturing smart textiles where the textile itself is the sensor.™
The Footfalls & Heartbeats technology combines textile structures of electrically conductive yarn to form a repeatable and sensitive sensor network. The technology uses the three-dimensional complexity of a textile structure, including interactions of fibres within the yarn itself, to control the electrical resistance characteristics of the sensor structure. These textile structures that are capable of registering external stimuli, for example, to provide relative pressure maps.
The use of a knitted textile based sensor network provides for ease of manufacture and customisation for any required design. The sensor technology can be knitted on a range of machines from traditional flatbed and circular to the new seamless technology of Shima Seiki and Stoll.
In collaboration with the University of Nottingham (UK), we are also integrating optical fibre sensors into textiles to greatly extend the range of parameters that can be measured. For example absolute pressure, temperature, humidity, pH, blood flow, proteins and gases
Contact person : Stephen Morgan
Tel: +44 (0)115 748 4382