TELEBREATH: Smart textiles to improve monitoring of respiratory and associated diseases in vulnerable groups

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The Radio Frequency Identification and Flexible Electronics (RFLEX) group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) is participating in the TELEBREATH project to better address the demand for long-term care in vulnerable groups, such as elderly and dependent people.

The project focuses on searching for scientific and technical solutions based on the application of electronic textile sensors for monitoring, tracking and controlling respiratory diseases (such as asthma, pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary edema). It also centres on the early detection of diseases related to alterations in breathing patterns (diabetes, heart failure, anxiety and emotional stress) in a minimally invasive way.

To achieve this, textile sensors and integrated electronic systems are being developed in comfortable clothing. The sensors can be used to control respiratory rate just by wearing a garment, which minimises the impact on users.

The main purpose of the project is to research and develop a complete platform for teleassistance and monitoring of respiratory patterns using smart fabrics (e-textiles). It includes fully integrated sensing in fabrics, the development of algorithms to detect respiratory anomalies, an interface for data transmission to the cloud and its corresponding management through a software platform.


Budget and funding

The project is funded by the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2017-2022 of the State Research Agency’s Programme for Knowledge Generation. It has a budget of €114,655 and a duration of three years (2022-2024).


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