Human to machine interface (HMI) is central for the development of smart electronics, robots, appliances, games and next generation internet, where the classical computer peripherals (mouse, keyboard or joystick) encounter limitations in terms of ease-of-use and user comfort.
To be efficient, communication between man and machine has to be natural by integrating motional and emotional information. Indeed, in man to man communication, a large part of the information is transmitted naturally through non-verbal communication (body language, intonations, etc).
A new generation of natural and user-friendly HMI is thus profiling by combining emotional and motional recognition.
Wear-a-BAN will enable to collect multiple real-time motional and emotional sensors information, and transmit it in wireless fashion towards dedicated devices, machines, computers or the internet placing them in nodes at different places of the human body, all being connected in a wireless BAN structure.
The objective of Wear-a-BAN is to investigate and demonstrate ultra low-power wireless body-area-network (WBAN) technologies for enabling unobtrusive human to machine interfaces (HMI) into SME-driven market segments of smart fabrics / interactive textiles (SFIT), robotics for augmented reality assistance and rehabilitation, and natural interfacing devices for video gaming.
The project will have the active collaboration of two entities and a Valencian textile company. It is necessary to highlight the technological scenario associated with the development of smart textiles integrating motional and emotional sensors as well as the use of radiofrequency technology, in which the Institute of Textile Technology (AITEX) lead the research on the integration of electronic elements on the textile and the work package of integration platform that integrates sensors and antenna.
The kick-off meeting of the Wear-a-BAN project was held on the 23-24th June in Limasol, Cyprus and the project was successfully launched with the active participation of the consortium members. The project will last for two years and the consortium consists of leading research organizations, universities, Associations of SMEs and SME participants from all over Europe, and the coordinator is RTD TALOS Ltd.
The Wear-a-BAN project is co-funded by the European Commission through the “Research for the benefit of specific groups” instrument in particular for the Associations of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). The project will generate strong societal impact by increasing the comfort, health and security for a wide category of users in the European population. Wear-a-BAN will contribute to enable EC policies such as eHealth for better healthcare in Europe, i2010 for fostering better inclusion of disabled people through ICT, eLearning for speeding up changes in education and training, and EU Health and Safety at work for enabling safer interaction for machine or robot operators.