King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Holst Centre to learn more about its activities in the field of Internet of Health. After an official welcome by managing directors Ton van Mol and John Baekelmans and a speech by Claire Tillekaerts, CEO of Flanders Investment and Trade Agency, the royal couple were shown several demonstrations by researchers.
These demonstrations included the recently presented Health Patch that tracks physical and cardiac activity, the Chill Band - a wearable wireless band capable of sensing multiple physiological parameters to monitor stress and eventually coach the user - and products for pregnancy monitoring and bladder control developed by Holst Centre spin-offs Bloom Life and LifeSense.
“This royal visit is a fantastic occasion for Holst Centre to showcase its latest developments in wearable health. Imec’s unique wearable technologies combined with TNO’s printed electronics make the difference in creating unobtrusive smart sensor systems. Sensor systems that will make a positive change not only to our health, but also in many other sectors such as smart logistics, smart cities, smart food and smart mobility”, said John Baekelmans, managing director, imec the Netherlands/Holst Centre.