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Fitpack and NTU students to develop a smart-textile device to measure stress in the workplace

The prototype will be developed by a selection of students from different backgrounds - including electrical, mechanical, and sports engineering - as part of their third year group engineering design and optimisation project for the academic year 2021/2022.

Nottingham, November 11, 2021 – Nottingham-based corporate health & wellbeing startup Fitpack today announced a collaboration with Nottingham Trent University’s Department of Engineering for the development of an electronic wearable textile to measure work stress. The prototype will be developed by a selection of students from different backgrounds – including electronic, mechanical, and sports engineering – as part of their third year group engineering design and optimisation project for the academic year 2021/2022.

“Strategically speaking, this makes a lot of sense for Fitpack,” said Will Mellors-Blair, Fitpack’s Chief Executive Officer. “The software we are building coalesces rather harmoniously with a hardware solution to capture real-time data on work stress. The goal for the company is to enable organisations to work more efficiently and effectively so this collaboration with NTU Engineering takes us forward another step to make it possible.”

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Fitpack, so I’m thrilled to be collaborating on this project with NTU,” said James Carley, Fitpack’s Chief Technology Officer. “The data points that we collect will enable us to find new solutions to managing workplace stress, and the synergy between the hardware developed and our existing software will differentiate our position in the marketplace.”

Sergio Giannone, Fitpack’s Chief Design Officer, said: “One of our goals at Fitpack is to provide companies and their employees with the most detailed view of their mental and physical wellbeing and to do that in the most seamless way. Incorporating wearable devices has always been part of our roadmap, but having a chance to develop our own is certainly exciting as it will allow us to explore new, cutting-edge solutions.”

“I am excited about Fitpack supporting this student group project,” said Pasindu Lugoda, Lecturer in Medical Device Design in Nottingham Trent University’s School of Science and Technology.

He said: “Work-related stress affects millions of people and the pandemic has amplified the risks associated with it. I believe that a comfortable smart textile would be a good solution to quantitatively monitor stress levels. Textiles are well suited for this task because they have the ability to comfortably conform around different human body parts and reach discrete locations of the body enabling more reliable data capture.”

“Fitpack has an innovative team that has the potential to make a significant difference in the space of health and wellbeing. I believe that their unique insight and complementary skills will be highly beneficial for this project.”

It is estimated that around 79% of British adults commonly experience work-related stress, which can lead to headaches, insomnia, frequent infections and burnout, placing a significant toll on both organisations and individuals. The new wearable in development by Fitpack and the students at NTU has the potential to become a game-changing device when it comes to providing detailed, real-time health data.

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ABOUT FITPACK:
Fitpack is a corporate health & wellbeing tech startup based in Nottingham, England. Our software enables organisations of all sizes to automate the implementation and monitoring of corporate health & wellbeing activities, with the goal to reduce stress and anxiety and increase energy levels and productivity. Supporting the mental and physical health of employees is a big challenge that companies are facing right now. There are issues with finding solutions that can provide quantitative data points that show engagement, health improvements, and overall ROI. Through the Fitpack platform, HR can drive engagement, capture employee wellbeing data and also schedule live and on-demand activities for their staff. More details are available at www.fitpack.io.

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