Electroactive polymer-based devices for e-textiles in biomedicine.

Interdepartmental Research Centre E. Piaggio, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy.
IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (Impact Factor: 2.07). 10/2005; 9(3):295-318. DOI: 10.1109/TITB.2005.854514
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ABSTRACT This paper describes the early conception and latest developments of electroactive polymer (EAP)-based sensors, actuators, electronic components, and power sources, implemented as wearable devices for smart electronic textiles (e-textiles). Such textiles, functioning as multifunctional wearable human interfaces, are today considered relevant promoters of progress and useful tools in several biomedical fields, such as biomonitoring, rehabilitation, and telemedicine. After a brief outline on ongoing research and the first products on e-textiles under commercial development, this paper presents the most highly performing EAP-based devices developed by our lab and other research groups for sensing, actuation, electronics, and energy generation/storage, with reference to their already demonstrated or potential applicability to electronic textiles.

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