Wear-a-BAN - Unobtrusive wearable human to machine wireless interface
This website provides public information about Wear-a-BAN project co-funded by EU’s FP7 Research for the benefit of SMEs Associations under contract number 243473.
Official start date of the project was 1st June 2010 with a duration of 29 months.
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 proposed research will generate high societal and market impact for the European SMEs, and will enable major technological breakthroughs in the areas of ultra low-power radio system-on-chips (SoC) and of textile-oriented system-in-package (SiP) platforms for miniature wearable antennas, wireless and sensor ...