A Korean R&D institute is looking for global partners for low-power on-body human body communication technology under technology cooperation and research cooperation


A Korean R&D institute specialised in ICT bio-healthcare has developed a low-power on-body human body communication technology that facilitates communication between wearable devices through human body. The technology is more intuitive, it offers less interference and higher security, and is harmless to the human body compared to conventional technology. Any organisation can be a potential partner under technical cooperation and research cooperation agreement.

Partner sought

- Type of partner sought: SMEs or research institute - Specific area of activity of the partner: Wearable device manufacturer, Elderly caring or related service provider - Task to be performed: Employing the technology to develop new stable and energy-efficient wearable devices. Applying to joint R&D programme(e.g. EUREKA, EUROSTARS) to explore new application and market with the human communication technology


Wearable devices, attachable to human body has led to the next generation of electronic devices with the development of the technology in sensor, communication and materials/components such as the improvement of battery life. However, it is difficult that wireless communication, mainly used for wearable device, allows devices to be micro-sized with ultra-low power and have security system against wireless hacking. A Korean R&D research institute has developed a low-power on-body human communication technology for wearable device. The technology is able to facilitate fast data transfer and optimise power consumption through narrow band digital transmission. It also enables different devices to build the network and to be operated simultaneously. The specification of the semiconductor chip employed to this human communication technology meets a world class standard with 1000kbps for transmission speed, lower than 10mW for power consumption. The technology can be used for identity verification, smart band, smart patch and etc. Currently, the Korean R&D institute demonstrates with local governments to provide senior citizens customised care services through measuring and analysing the daily activities. Any companies or research institutes in wearable device manufacturing, elderly caring or related service can employ this technology to develop stable and energy-efficient wearable device. Also, the Korean R&D institute is interested in exploring new areas to implement the human communication technology by joint R&D project such as EUREKA and EUROSTARS.

Advantages and innovations

- There is no need of complex pairing process since the technology facilitates the communication with the network through user’s actions - It minimises the communication interference between wearable sensors compared to the traditional wireless communication - A direct transmission method excluding RF (Radio Frequency) leads to the stable communication in case of changes in posture and human channels in low-power devices operated by battery - The technology can be applied to a variety of wearable applications highly demanding security, since human body is used as a communication medium

Development stage

Prototype available for demonstration

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Secret Know-how,Patents granted

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