Smartlife wins KTP with University of Kent

Smartlife has been awarded funding to embark on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project with The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) at the University of Kent.

The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme, run by Innovate UK, helps businesses to innovate and grow by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project.  Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate’, brings new skills and knowledge to the business.

The two year project will enable Smartlife to enhance the capabilities of its sensors to identify healthy and pathological respiratory patterns. This unique functionality will not only support growth in the sports and fitness market but facilitate expansion into new markets such as the health and wellbeing, medical and military markets.

Dr John Dickinson heads up the University of Kent’s Respiratory Clinic and has over 14 years of research focused on respiratory issues in athletes. More recently he has supported Team GB athletes preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, extensively working with GB Swimming and GB Boxing. Dr Winter has over 15 years of experience in conducting research in biomechanics using motion capture technology and mathematical modelling. Their research and experience in these areas will be pivotal to the development of the new technology.

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