Electroactive polymer-based devices for e-textiles in biomedicine. IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed

Interdepartmental Research Centre E. Piaggio, University of Pisa, 56126 Pisa, Italy.
IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine (Impact Factor: 2.49). 10/2005; 9(3):295-318. DOI: 10.1109/TITB.2005.854514
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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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    • "extensively and effortlessly integrated into the daily life of a patient in the form of wireless body sensor networks (WBANs) [1]. So far, most research efforts in this direction have been focused on the adaptation of miniaturized wearable designs based on relatively mature technologies such as motion tracking [2], bio-electrical signals analysis [3] and temperature detection [4]. On the other hand, the biochemical analytes contained in biological fluids have been often overlooked as possible sensor targets despite the valuable information they convey about the state of health of an individual. "
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    • "Several studies have been carried out to show that a textile sensor is a practical and wearable electric device [6–9]. Electronic textiles (e-textiles) are used in the entertainment industry and the fashion industry, as well as for communication, sensing and monitoring, even for position location [10–15]. Due to the rigidity of an alloy strain gauge, the maximum static strain level is limited to low stress measurements. "
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    • "method for ubiquitous health care systems [1], [2]. The category of wearable sensor networks includes both wearable textile sensors [3], [4] and miniaturized wired and wireless electronic circuits [5]–[8]. "
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