Nemo, the experience of pregnancy

NEMO-pregnancy-monitoringIndustrial design student Floor Mattheijssen likes to create systems and services around the human body, the body movements and physiology in medical context.

Her latest design is a monitoring system for unborn children called NEMO, short for ‘non-invasive electro-physiological monitor for obstetrics‘.

NEMO is able to monitor the heart frequency, electrocardiogram of mother and child and the uterine activity. It is an innovative system because it can measure non-invasive when the mother is twenty to forty weeks pregnant.

Usually such monitoring systems have a technical appearance, not very appealing, visually and functionally.

Floor’s mission was to change this by designing a graphical user interface which communicates real-time information about the health condition of the baby and mother and makes it possible to track changes over time.

She looked at current and future technological developments applicable to the electrode belt and found eTextile technologies a good fit for her plan to (r)evolutionize the boring, clunky looking medical device and transform it to a more fashionable, soft and visually appealing accessory for expecting mothers.

Pregnancy is one of the most life transforming event in a girls/woman’s life, full of new experiences and worries. Having the possibility to monitor the fetus with the NEMO system can increase the perception of the health condition by the doctors of the unborn baby, decrease mortality and gives more comfort and peace of mind to the sometimes stressful time during pregnancy.


Floor developed the technology in cooperation with the department of Electrical Engineering at the TU/e and in cooperation with the Maxima Medical Center in Veldhoven.

A remarkable, insightful project in every aspect. Starting out with research for a real, live improving needs and matching them with most suitable (in this case soft, textile based) technologies.

NEMO is part of the ‘Wearable Senses‘ course at the Department of Industrial Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology and on stage during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

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