Enhancing elderly mobility through IoT using textiles: a review

M. J. Magalhães, Sérgio Tenreiro de Magalhães, Kenneth Revett

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The aging of population worldwide and the increasing of average life expectancy of the world population become a social and economic problem for society. It's necessary to provide solutions which can maintain the independency of elderly and their mobility, along more time, avoiding the unnecessary perma-nence in hospitals and institutions for the elderly. The use of IoT using textiles is a very interesting approach because of the proximity of people to these materials. This work reviews the development on IoT using textiles to increase the mobility of elderly people and concludes that this is a field of growing interest. Although, there is few investigation, especially in what concerns studies focusing on the im-portance of improving the mobility of the elderly. There are studies that lead to the possibility of promoting this physical capability but have not been designed for that purpose, but we believe that approach of the problem of mobility of elderly people using the IoT based on clothes should be treated with specificity, because the consequences of this not happening, will affect not only the elderly but the whole society.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart City 360 2016 - 2nd EAI International Summit
EditorsMichal Balog, Lucia Knapcikova, Dagmar Caganova, Jakub Soviar, Frantisek Pollak, Peppino Fazio, Peter Dorcak, Kadir Aydin
PublisherThe Design Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781631901492
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2017
Event2nd EAI International Summit, Smart City 360 2016 - Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 22 Nov 201624 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameSmart City 360 2016 - 2nd EAI International Summit


Conference2nd EAI International Summit, Smart City 360 2016


  • El-derly
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Mobility
  • Smart clothing
  • Smart textiles


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