Loughborough University engineers are working with DJB Instruments to develop unique sensors capable of measuring impacts to the body.

The two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership – part-funded by Innovate UK – will underpin next generation wireless accelerometers.

These devices measure acceleration forces and vibration, and have applications across a range of sectors including healthcare, sport, and the aerospace and automotive industries.

Being wireless, the new technology will be small enough to embed in clothing without restricting the wearer’s movement. This feature will increase its usefulness, making it suitable for monitoring the impact of rapid acceleration and deceleration on a driver’s body, and studying the effects of vibration caused by machinery or sports equipment on the human body.

The technology could also be put to good use in healthcare, offering reliable and immediate remote detection of falls by measuring the shock acceleration of a patient tumble from bed, for example, so that prompt assistance and medical support can be provided.

It is anticipated that the project will create new jobs and boost DJB Instruments’ turnover within three years.

Neill Ovenden, MD of DJB Instruments, said: “This partnership with Loughborough University is a critical element of our technology platform development. We are very lucky to be working with one of the UK’s leading engineering universities, and we are looking forward to learning from the team there as well as passing on our own industry experience.”