Footfalls & Heartbeats was founded by New Zealand chemist Simon McMaster who brings many years’ experience researching intelligent textiles.



Footfalls & Heartbeats has developed a revolutionary and proprietary process for manufacturing smart fabric which uses nano-scale interactions within the textile to make the fabric itself the sensor, avoiding the need for wires or miniature electronics.


Footfalls and Heartbeats moved from New Zealand to the United Kingdom in 2015 where it has thrived in Nottingham, the home of weft knitting. Starting out with a small team in the Ingenuity Building on the Jubilee Campus, Footfalls has recently moved into a larger space in the Innovation Building at BioCity.


Footfalls and Heartbeats move to BioCity allowed a space to house a specialised circular knitting machine that is capable of intarsia knitting, which is vital to the functionality of the technology.

This machine is the first of its kind in the UK and will soon be accompanied by more knitting machines as Footfalls and Heartbeats grows in size over the years to come.