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SINTEC: Soft intelligence epidermal communication platform

Goal: SINTEC is a Horizon 2020 funded project that will provide soft, sticky and stretchable sensor patches that can be used multiple times and at longer periods. With its dynamic compliance and water repellent permeable encapsulation it withstands vigorous action, sweating and water; making
it ideal for an active life. A ground breaking intra body communication technique gives large bandwidth and secure consumption at low power, allowing for multiplex sensoric inputs from many nodes on the body.

To demonstrate the advantages of the novel technology, SINTEC will apply it in clinical environment and in athletics performance evaluation.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824984

- EU CONTRIBUTION: EUR 3,999,262.50
- TOPIC: ICT-02-2018 | Flexible and Wearable Electronics

Date: 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2022

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Curious to read the paper that won the award as Best Publication of the NordPac 2022 conference? Soft, Stretchable and Wireless Sensor Patch with Digitally Printed Liquid Metal Alloy Interconnects is online NOW!
Abstract:
Characteristics of high electrical conductivity, high strain tolerance and resistance to fatigue are vital for electronic circuits of on-skin wearable systems. Gallium-based liquid metals offer a unique combination of these characteristics making them excellent alternatives to conventional conductive stretchable inks. In order to obtain better wearing experience, it is advantageous to fabricate devices using breathable materials. However, effective automation solutions for the production of high-resolution digitally patterned circuits for soft and stretchable devices remain a challenge. The presented manufacturing strategy involves adopting a needle dispensing technique for the precise patterning of liquid metal conductors. The circuitry is deposited onto a soft, thin and highly breathable polyurethane medical film. Further, we investigate and map conditions of reliable printing of liquid metal on the polyurethane film for two sizes of dispensing needles with inner diameters of 150 μm and 360 μm . Despite the increased porosity and surface roughness associated with the high breathability of the film, it is possible to reliably deposit liquid metal interconnects with a line width and height below 100 μm . The technological solution results in a first demonstrator presented: an electrophysiological patch.
 
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The SINTEC consortium will organise a workshop on Stretchable PCB Technology for use in wireless Medtech on the 2nd of November from 1pm to 5pm. The workshop will be an online event.
This workshop will explore the innovation in electronics that move the needle in continuous monitoring for personalized healthcare.
The event is free of charge but registration is required.
You will find more info soon on SINTEC project website: https://www.sintec-project.eu/
 
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SINTEC project is organizing a Summer School with the aim of sharing the SINTEC project latest achievements, presenting and testing the first stretchable smart patch prototype and exchanging knowledge with students, researchers, and professionals of the wearable electronics sector.
The school will be held in-person at Castione della Presolana (Italy) from the 7th of June 2022 until the 10th of June 2022.
The event is FREE upon registration on SINTEC project website: https://www.sintec-project.eu/smart-bioelectronic-and-wearable-systems-summer-school/
The aim of the school is to show the novelties SINTEC project will bring to the Wearable sensors sector and networking with companies and other European funded projects to discover future opportunities for the stretchable electronics market. Speakers will present how a classic PCB technology can be turned into a stretchable smart patch, how this sensor can communicate with the latest IoT technologies and why this innovative research can be useful for healthcare and sport monitoring.
The lectures will be organized in two sessions during the day: first, general overviews will be presented by key-note scientists and European industry leaders; then, case studies from EU funded projects and more applicative issues will be showcased.
Participants will have the possibility to show his/her research activity during a dedicated poster session.
 
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Listen to our project Partner, Gustaf Martensson, interviewed by his company Mycronic, talking about SINTEC project and describing the uses and novelties of SINTEC smart patch.
 
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The SINTEC Workshop “Smart Stretchable Patches in Medical Applications” is addressed to professionals, doctors and students interested in discovering the new technology SINTEC project is developing. The aim is to present the initial activity done and the innovation potential SINTEC will bring to the medical sector. Researchers and professionals from across Europe will participate in the event to share their knowledge and discuss SINTEC Smart Patches with the audience.
PROGRAM:
Wednesday, 20th October 2021 | 15:00 - 16:30 CEST | Virtual event
Welcome and introduction
> 15:00 – 15:05 | Dr. Leandro Pecchia (University of Warwick)
SINTEC smart patches: technology and capabilities
>15:05 – 15:30 | Prof. Klas Hjort   (Uppsala University) – Alessandro Gumiero (ST Microelectronics) – Sergio Guillen (MySphera)
Round table discussion
>15:30 – 16:15
Open Q&A
>16:15 – 16:30
Closing
>16:30
 
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SINTEC project research activities are part of a new article published on “Sensors” journal entitled ” Reliability and Validity of the CORE Sensor to Assess Core Body Temperature During Cycling Exercise”. The paper has been written by our project partners Matej Supej , Nina Verdel and Hans-Christer Holmberg Christer Holmberg, with the collaboration of Tim Podlogar, Urša Ciuha and Tadej Debevec.
Read the article here:
 
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The SINTEC workshop “Smart Stretchable Patches as Sport Performance Appliances” is addressed to professionals, athletes and students interested in discovering the new technology SINTEC project is developing.
The aim is to present the initial activity done and the innovation potential SINTEC will bring to the competitive sport field. Researchers and professionals from across Europe will participate in the event to share their knowledge and discuss SINTEC Smart Patches with the audience.
>>The event free of charge, only registration needed
SPEAKERS:
Matej Supej | University of Ljubljana
Hans-Christer Holmberg | Mid Sweden University
Craig Staunton | Mid Sweden University
Robin Augustine Kachiramattom | Uppsala University
Mauricio David Perez | Uppsala University
Guido Pagana | Links Foundation
Klas Hjort | Uppsala University
Hashim Quraishi | Evalan
 
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In this edition:
  • Abstracts submission for a special issue of Electronics journal
  • Our latest blog post: Gazing towards past and future of antennas
  • Interview to Gustaf Mårtensson
  • Evalan Podcast on Biometric wearables in sport
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Our partners Mauricio David Perez , Guido Pagana , Matej Supej and our Project Coordinator, Prof. Klas Hjort , are guest editors of a special issue of the journal “Electronics” entitled “Emerging Technologies for Point-of-care Applications in Healthcare, Wellness and Sport Scenarios”.
This Special Issue belongs to the section “Bioelectronics” and it focuses on recent advances addressing emerging technological developments such as those with emphasis on point-of-care technologies (POCTs) for healthcare, wellness, sport, and exercise scenarios.
Topic of interests include but not limited in:
  • Soft and stretchable electronic components and systems;
  • Manufacturing of soft and stretchable electronics;
  • On-body and intra-body communication and sensor systems;
  • Artificial intelligence for body-worn or bodyimplanted systems;
  • Electronic POCTs for healthcare, wellness, sport, and exercise scenarios;
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging. Once you are registered, go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline (28 February 2022). All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Electronics is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
Keywords
  • soft and stretchable electronic components and systems
  • manufacturing of soft and stretchable electronics
  • on-body and intra-body communication and sensor systems
  • artificial intelligence for body-worn or body-implanted systems
  • electronic POCTs for healthcare, wellness, sport, and exercise scenarios
 
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We are looking for a researcher in the area of applied sports performance with emphasis on technology in biomechanics and physiology. This is a 2-year position that will primarily involve working on the SINTEC EU Horizon 2020 project (www.SINTEC-project.eu). The research will focus on testing newly developed sensor technology and testing elite and recreational athletes in different environments targeting to monitor their performance- and health-related parameters.
Key Requirements:
  • An MSc and/or PhD in one of the following fields: sports sciences, sports engineering or physics/mathematics/computer sciences with proficiency in sport or sport-related projects
  • Knowledge in biomechanics and physiology
  • Basic knowledge in Matlab
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • The capacity to work in an international team (project consortium) and to work independently
 Additional experience: 
  • Experience in performing indoors and outdoors testing
  • Experience in sensor development
Terms of employment: Temporary position for 2 years with initial probation period.
Location of occupation: Östersund, Sweden
Some work will be placed in Ljubljana, Slovenia with occasional travels within the EU depending on the needs of the work.
First day of employment: According to agreement
Salary: Individual basis
Application deadline: 15 November 2020
Contact: Matej Supej
 
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We are really proud to inform you that our website become one of the 3 finalists for the category LAURELS at the 2020 .eu Web Awards!!!!
For this edition of the .eu Web Awards, it has been submitted 202 nominations with a total vote of almost 15 000!
Many thanks to all the people who voted for our website.
 
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This article presents gain enhancement methodology for a dual-ring slot antenna using a frequency selective surface (FSS) as reflector. The FSS structure is formed with liquid metal placed inside the microfluidic channels created on the surface of the polydimethylsiloxane. Non-toxic liquid metal galinstain has been used to ensure biocompatibility. The FSS structure is placed below the ring slot antenna to reflect the back radiation, which in turn enhances the antenna directivity. Subsequently, the antenna gain has been increased as well. A fabricated prototype of the antenna-FSS system, operating at 2.45 GHz, has been analysed both inside human tissue mimicking fluid and pork slab to validate the simulation results. The inclusion of the liquid metal-based reflector increases antenna gain by almost 4 dB as well as ensures required biocompatibility and flexibility. Also the specific absorption rate of the antenna is observed to be reduced.
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SINTEC Project, has been nominated for the best European project website in the LAURELS category of the competition 2020 .eu Web Awards.
You have time until August 5th to VOTE: the 3 most voted websites in each category will go to the final. The finalists will be presented on September 1st, a jury will select the winners of each category and they will be announced on November 18th with an official ceremony in Brussels.
The .eu Web Awards 2020 is an online competition, launched in 2014 and designed to acknowledge the best websites, using the .eu, .ею or .ευ extensions, in five dynamic categories. Over the years it has seen and enhanced the visibility of hundreds of beautiful, innovative, and impactful websites through the .eu Web Awards.
 
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On the 22nd and 23rd of October 2019, SINTEC project partecipated at the European Commission workshop on “Smart Bioelectronic and Wearable Systems” at the DG Connect in Brussels (Belgium). The workshop presented breakthroughs and innovations in smart bioelectronics and flexible & wearable systems – two important areas of the Key Digital Technologies. Market leaders, innovators, researchers, professional and user organisations discussed how Europe can keep its global leadership in these areas. The high level participants discussed and provided recommendations on the technology and market challenges and opportunities, and, how to maximise the societal and economic benefits of these technologies in addressing health, ageing, agri-food, security, environment & climate change. Robin Augustin from Uppsala University and Isella Vicini by Warrant Hub participated at the conference representing SINTEC project; in particular, Robin Augustin had a speech about the project inside the session called ” Wearable systems in H2020: Technology Readiness and Innovation potential”. This session included project pitches with a focus on technology readiness and innovation potential. The format was a 1-2 minutes pitch by each project, as introduced by EC and with a single slide on screen. MORE INFO and PICTURES: https://www.sintec-project.eu/smart-bioelectronic-and-wearable-systems/
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SINTEC is a Horizon 2020 funded project that will provide soft, sticky and stretchable sensor patches that can be used multiple times and at longer periods. With its dynamic compliance and water repellent permeable encapsulation it withstands vigorous action, sweating and water; making
it ideal for an active life. A ground breaking intra body communication technique gives large bandwidth and secure consumption at low power, allowing for multiplex sensoric inputs from many nodes on the body.
To demonstrate the advantages of the novel technology, SINTEC will apply it in clinical environment and in athletics performance evaluation.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824984
- EU CONTRIBUTION: EUR 3,999,262.50
- TOPIC: ICT-02-2018 | Flexible and Wearable Electronics
 
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This poster describe SINTEC project main objectives and expected results