RTE One 7PM, Thursday, June 14, 2012

From the heavy hitters on the international rugby pitch, to the fragile brains of newborn babies, we investigate innovative sensing technology which is being developed by Irish scientists and meet the people with severe physical disabilities who are using sensors to create and play music with their eyes.

Part 1 : Rugby Sensors

CLARITY in UCD specialise in the development and application of intelligent sensors in the fields of energy, health and the environment. They are working with IRFU physiotherapist Brian Green to develop systems which can automatically detect collisions in elite level Rugby Union. The data could help to advise coaching staff as to when a player has received too many heavy tackles and should be substituted from a game.

For further information about CLARITY research please go to:

Part 2 : Neo-Natal Care

Geraldine Boylan in UCC has developed a pioneering neo-natal brain seizure detection system that can detect and ultimately prevent damage to baby’s brains at an earlier stage than has ever been possible before.

For more information about Geraldine’s research group please go to: For further information about the UCC Neo-Natal Research please go to: For further information about the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation Charity please go to:

Part 3 : SMARTlab

We look at technology being developed by UCD’s SMARTLab Research Facility which enables disabled people who have lost or have limited use of speech and/or their limbs to speak and perform tasks such as playing music or operating computers by using their eyes instead.

For further information about SMARTlab please go to: