Research centre
Smart Devices

Smart Devices

The Research Centre for Smart Devices focuses on the design, development, and implementation of new devices and applications in the context of healthy living and ageing, with special consideration for healthy mobility.

  • A smart device can provide meaningful feedback about the condition of the user. For example, a patient with rheumatism can be warned of an upcoming bout of pain by measuring biomarkers in the saliva.
  • A smart device can autonomously take over a complete function. For example, the blood sugar level of a diabetic patient can be automatically monitored and regulated with an insulin pump or the contamination of a medical environment with antibiotic resistant bacteria can be automatically monitored.
  • A smart device can motivate users to improve their activity level thereby encouraging healthy behaviour. For example, motivation can be achieved by a game that allows access to the next level if you have taken sufficient steps.

The activities of the Research Centre contribute to the focus point ‘innovative care and technology’ of Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. 

  • Objectives

    E-Health, telemonitoring, wearables, serious gaming, point of care technology, and care robots are examples of new developments that can be used in healthcare. But their development, implementation, and valorization in a healthcare context remain a challenge. It is not only the business models that need to be aligned, but the interaction between product and user must be perfected and take into account the specific user environment and workflow.

    The Research Centre for Smart Devices wants to promote, maintain, and share knowledge, expertise, and networks that are vital for the realization of healthcare innovation through the development, implementation, and valorization of smart devices for healthy mobility in co-creation with end users and students. It is the philosophy of the Research Centre to attain this goal by striving for synergy between people in their environment and the smart device that is perfectly customized to the individual user. 

    Programme lines 
    The research is formulated in three programme lines:

    1. Developing smart wearable biosensors that simultaneously measure, analyse, and interpret multiple physical biosignals and provide meaningful feedback to the user during rehabilitation from sport-related injuries or other motion restrictions.
    2. (Antimicrobial) point-of-care tests which will firstly focus on the rapid diagnosis of bacterial contamination by developing existing proof of concepts into actual products.
    3. Developing human-machine interfaces that intuitively support young and other vulnerable target groups in developing a healthy activity pattern by redesigning their living environment through interactive play and movement solutions.
  • Research and projects

    Re-empowering the patient: customized rehabilitation through self-monitoring the recovery process from orthopaedic complications (2017-2019)
    The aim of the project is to identify the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and patients after ACL surgery and to develop a smart self-monitoring system together that can be intuitively, effectively, and efficiently applied in practical health care.
    The central research question is: What knowledge and skills do health care professionals and patients need after ACL surgery to smartly apply a self-monitoring device in practical health care?

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    Implementation of antimicrobial coatings in health care: towards improved hygiene and reduced infections through coatings (2016-2018)
    The central research questions in this project are: How can antimicrobial coatings (AMCs) be applied in health care and can it improve infection prevention in the patient's environment? What does it mean for the professionals involved in infection prevention? This research uses and applies existing knowledge about AMCs to specific healthcare situations. It investigates how AMCs can be introduced into the patient's environment, keeping in mind applicable laws and regulations. Pilot experiments will be used to research the effectiveness of AMCs in patient rooms, together with professionals in the field. 

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    Point-of-Care scanning of surfaces for bacterial loads in relation to infection prevention and hygiene management (2017-...) 
    The project aims to develop a novel Point-of-Care (PoC) tool for detection of bacteria in healthcare settings. 

  • Publications

    Below you can find the publications of the research centre.

  • Collaboration

    The Research Centre is unable to function without its partnerships. The proposed product development trajectories for each of the programme lines are merely the vehicle for making connections with internal and external partners. The basic principle is to create a win-win situation by searching for complementary knowledge and expertise. This forms the foundation for building sustainable partnerships.

    For example, we search for companies that have developed hardware and software components for commercial wearables and which can be applied to new projects for wearables that can measure multi-signals. By exploring this idea within Zuyd and the Wearable Werkplaats, (wearables workshop) opportunities are created for new products for these companies, while our professionals increase their knowledge of state-of-the-art technology. 

    The Research Centre contributes to the focus points of Zuyd and the Centre of Expertise for Innovative Care and Technology (EIZT), Chemelot Innovations and Learning Labs (CHILL), and the Centre of Expertise New Energy, Built Environment and Renewables (S-Built). 

    Gabriëlle will link a section of the Research Centre for Smart Devices to the Kennis-As project Limburg Meet (LIME). She will specifically play a role in the following LIME activities:

    • Meetpunt: Service and support for patients, health care professionals, and companies that have questions about metrics in health care.
    • Flagship: Personalized wearables
    • Flagship: Point of Care
    • Living Lab: Wearable Werkplaats
Research Center for Smart Devices 
Nieuw Eyckholt 300 
NL-6419 DJ Heerlen