Mobility is a key determinant of quality of life throughout the human lifespan, ranging from early childhood development and learning, to healthy physical activity and peak sports performance, to maintaining independence into advanced age. Building on the University of Delaware’s national prominence in rehabilitation, materials science, physical therapy, and fashion and apparel studies, we seek to establish a core group of researchers and partners to create innovative functional garments and related materials to enhance mobility. This expertise, coupled with the development of the STAR campus, improvements in athletics facilities, and establishment of maker spaces and additive manufacturing capabilities, points to enormous opportunities for UD.
- Establish a core group of researchers and partners to create innovative functional garments and materials
- Employ state-of-the-art methods of materials/fabrics processing, fabrication, functionalization and testing with applications ranging from improving mobility, facilitating recovery and improving/monitoring performance
- Engage a broad community of participants among the academic units at UD, clinical partners and Athletics
For more information, please see the HensWEAR page.
1st Annual HensWEAR Symposium
The 1st Annual HensWEAR Symposium took place on February 21st at the University of Delaware Health Science Complex in the North Atrium. The goal of the symposium was to help build a community of researchers at the University of Delaware focused on smart wearables and their application to mobility.
Keynote Speaker: Professor Lucy Dunne (pictured left) from the University of Minnesota
Title: At the Intersection of Human and Device: Challenges and Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Development of Wearable Technology