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

ArticleinIEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 9(3):295-318 · October 2005with86 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.49 · DOI: 10.1109/TITB.2005.854514 · Source: PubMed


    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.