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Date:6/2/2009

Thermo-chromic window films which regulate room temperature; a heart and breathing rate monitor which could revolutionise the monitoring of babies during childbirth; and improved tests for food sensitivities and allergies are among innovations developed at The University of Nottingham highlighted by the Design Council's Innovate for Universities initiative.

Innovate for Universities will bring teams of designers into the technology transfer offices of universities to help scientists and technologists accelerate the development of astonishing new applications for their research.

The six participating universities won their place through a competitive entry process. They are Nottingham, Aberdeen, Cambridge, Leeds, University College London and York. Each has nominated four fledgling technologies that will be supported by intensive design mentoring for 12 months.

The 24 new technologies include innovations addressing vital issues such as chronic disease, crime and the environment. Those from The University of Nottingham include:

  • Solar thermo-chromic films being developed by Professor George Chen and his collaborators offer the potential to reduce a reliance on air conditioning by utilising unique window coatings that change colour in reaction to external temperature. Internal room temperatures can then be controlled without significant reduction in visible light transmission. The technology could be used in new builds or retrofitted to existing windows.

  • Heartlight is a unique combined heart and breathing rate monitor currently in development by Dr Barrie Hayes-Gill and Professor John Crowe, of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and their teams. The platform sensor technology, which can be used on any part of the body, will potentially lead to new or improved monitoring products across a number of sectors including clinical, domestic, health & safety, sports & leisure and also veterina
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Contact: Dr. George Rice
george.rice@nottingham.ac.uk
44-115-823-2190
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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