Anne Ladegaard Skov, Department of Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
Soft wearables with high energy density: merging chemical biology and silicone chemistry with compliant active devices (WeArAble)
Herbert Shea, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Neel Joshi, Northeastern University, Boston
Wearables, e.g. smartwatches and trackers of various types, are increasingly becoming a more natural part of our lives, yet soft and compliant wearables in the shape of prosthetics and soft exoskeletons are far from being available as commodity products. This is mainly due to many scientific challenges with respect to construction of inherently soft materials that are still robust and have high energy densities, such that e.g. a limb can be activated. The vision of the WeArAble project is to build the scientific foundation for future development of soft wearables that are mechanically transparent in the sense that the wearables are worn without the wearer noticing them, and not hindering motion nor even the sense of touch. The WeArAble centre proposes to do this by combing tissue-resembling soft silicone elastomers for stability and integrity, biologically tailored materials for high energy density and functionality, and smart device design for full benefit of the developed materials.
Anne Ladegaard Skov is receiving DKK 47,987,527 for the project.
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