Protection and body enhancement through artificial second skin
This area relates to the transition from products focusing on the vital signs of a user to improve and control their lifestyle, to smart textiles and wearables embedding sensor to monitor physiological, neurological and body kinematic parameters that are critical for healthcare. Furthermore, such smart textiles and wearables can provide data to detect behavioural changes, health risks and diagnoses at early stages. With fashion and product designers, together with textile, electronics and material engineers involved in this area, it can be seen as a mature and marketable trend that is mainly design driven.
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A personal intelligent heating and cooling bracelet regulating the body's temperature to its comfort level, using high rates of temperature change applied directly to the skin.
IseeU, CHRISTINA ALASIO
A bag with technology integrated in the strap, which when activated becomes a system of monitoring and security for the user by tracing their position.
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A bracelet designed to be a non-violent form of self-defence, that when going through a two-step activation system, emits foul odour to distract and demotivate the attacker.
UV SENSE, L'OREAL
A small device sensing UV radiation that functions without needing external energy source, to track sun exposure and help users lower the risk of skin cancer.
A headband with built-in sensor that when detecting slow-wave sleep it starts to play white noise to encourage the user´s brain to remain in the deep sleep phase.