Welfare Technology can help people in their daily lives. Examples include intelligent aids such as cleaning robots, sensors embedded in clothing, and smart homes. Welfare technology is closely linked to Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), but whereas AAL focuses on "addressing the needs of an aging population", Welfare Technology also addresses other users such as the disabled, schools, day care centres and workers in general.
SINTEF develops products and services related to both Welfare and Medical Technology in close collaboration with end-users, and conducts research into the following:
- Body-worn sensors
- In vitro diagnostic systems and biosensors
- In vivo sensors
- Sensors embedded in clothing
- Ambient Assisted Living
- Hearing Protection and Assistance Technologies