EASY-IMP Collaborative Development of Intelligent Wearable Meta-Products in the Cloud


 A (Meta-) product is now a customer driven customisable entity that
integrates sensory/computing units, which are in turn connected to the
cloud, leading to a paradigm shift from mass production to intelligent,
over-the-web configurable products. Product design and production is
however becoming highly complex and requires interdisciplinary
expertise. The goal of EASY is to develop new methodologies, tools and
ready-to-use components for designing and producing intelligent wearable
products as Meta-Products. We propose a Cloud Computing enabled
framework for the Collaborative Design and Development of Personalised
Products/Services, combining embedded sensors and mobile devices with
facilities for joint open development of enabling downloadable
applications. The Meta-Products consist of intelligent wearables
(clothing, footwear, accessories) equipped with embedded networks of
sensors. Sensorial data will be communicated to smart phones via
Bluetooth or Wifi. The required functionality will be configured by the
end-users; the design, selection of components, sourcing of materials
and sensors, virtual prototyping, as well as production planning and
services integration is a collaborative process of all involved
companies, designers, sensor producers, software developers and
application experts. This infrastructure will enable all interested 3rd
parties to offer new services to smart phone and EASY wearable users,
resulting to an open platform of literally infinite applications in many
target market. The EASY approach will be validated in three different
industrial scenarios, i.e. rehabilitation, sport and games. The
EASY-Consortium integrates competences on production methodology, system
design and modeling, product lifecycle management, simulation and
virtual reality, intelligent sensors, mobile-cloud systems, intelligent
cloth design and production.