MATUROLIFE: Using Advanced Material Science to Develop the Future of Assistive Technology

  • Louise MoodyEmail author
  • Andrew J. Cobley
Part of the Intelligent Systems Reference Library book series (ISRL, volume 167)


Faced with an ageing and increasingly dependent population, novel approaches are needed to support independent and healthy living for longer. An increased focus on the design of effective,usable, desirable and stigma free solutions is required to ensure that technological innovation benefits both the individual and wider society. Too often solutions are developed that whilst functionally effective, fail to meet user needs and achieve their full purported therapeutic or health benefits. This chapter outlines the MATUROLIFE project, and its aim to utilize smart materials in the development of novel assistive technology that is accpeted by the end-user. The project combines design with electrochemistry and material science innovation. It employs selective metallization to coat the fibres within a textile with a thin layer of copper to create a multi-functional material. These multi-functional materials enable the embedding of ‘smart’ technology within textile-based products, such as clothing, footwear, upholstery and furniture. The chapter will outline how these new functional textiles will provide the opportunity to design more discrete and subtle assistive solutions to support independent ageing.


Assistive technology Smart textiles Selective metallisation Co-creation 



The authors wish to acknowledge and thank the participating older adults who gave their time for the interviews and the co-creation activity. This publication is based on work undertaken and planned as part of the MATUROLIFE (Metallisation of Textiles to make Urban Living for Older People more Independent and Fashionable), project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 760789. Any dissemination reflects the authors’ view only and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains. The views and opinions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and are not intended to represent the position or opinions of the MATUROLIFE consortium or any of the individual partner organisations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Arts, Memory and Communities, Faculty of Arts and HumanitiesCoventry UniversityCoventryUK
  2. 2.The Functional Materials Research GroupCoventry UniversityCoventryUK

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