MATUROLIFE: Using Advanced Material Science to Develop the Future of Assistive Technology

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    Faced with an ageing and increasingly dependent population, novel approaches are needed to support independent and healthy living for longer. An increased focus on the design of effective, usable, desirable and stigma free solutions is required to ensure that technological innovation benefits both the individual and wider society. Too often solutions are developed that whilst functionally effective, fail to meet user needs and achieve their full purported therapeutic or health benefits. This chapter outlines the MATUROLIFE project, and its aim to utilize smart materials in the development of novel assistive technology that is accepted by the end-user. The project combines design with electrochemistry and material science innovation. It employs selective metallization to coat the fibres within a textile with a thin layer of copper to create a multi-functional material. These multi-functional materials enable the embedding of ‘smart’ technology within textile-based products, such as clothing, footwear, upholstery and furniture. The chapter will outline how these new functional textiles will provide the opportunity to design more discrete
    and subtle assistive solutions to support independent ageing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationDesign of Assistive Technology for Ageing Populations
    Subtitle of host publicationIntelligent Systems Reference Library
    EditorsAndree Woodcock, Louise Moody, Deana McDonagh, Ajita Jain, Lakhmi Jain
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-26292-1
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameIntelligent Systems Reference Library
    ISSN (Print)1868-4394
    ISSN (Electronic)1868-4408

    Bibliographical note

    European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 760789.


    • Assistive technology
    • Co-creation
    • Selective metallisation
    • Smart textiles

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science(all)
    • Information Systems and Management
    • Library and Information Sciences


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