The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Portugal (INL) to encourage research development and knowledge exchange. HKRITA says: “The MoU aims to strengthen collaboration between HKRITA and INL in the development of sensor and wearable technology.”
Projects that are developing more precise ways to measure physiological and biomechanical phenomena have been inspired by the research areas, according to HKRITA. The continuous enhancement of wearable solutions will benefit from the design of new devices and testing methods, which have surfaced as a result of the developments. HKRITA has also said that the enhanced solutions will continue to ‘play increasingly important roles in improving life in a range of social and occupational settings’.
Prof Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer of HKRITA, and Prof Paulo Freitas, Deputy Director-General of INL, signed the MoU on behalf of the two organisations prior to HKRITA’s seminar on ‘Smart Manufacturing: A Revolutionary Transformation of the Fashion Industry’ which took place in Tsuen Wang, Hong Kong. “Sensor and wearable technologies will make a great impact on our social development, allowing us to explore more possibilities. Our collaboration will generate useful and productive innovations for industry and society.” noted Prof Keh.
Prof Freitas stated: “Sensor and IoT technologies are already leading to wearable devices that allow monitoring of a variety of biosignals and body related data. INL will work with HKRITA to further exploit new wearable concepts, fabrication, and integration routes aiming at increasing wearable solutions and their widespread utilisation”.