Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications

Yang, K., Meadmore, K., Freeman, C., Grabham, N., Hughes, A.-M., Wei, Y. ORCID: 0000-0001-6195-8595, Torah, R., Glanc-Gostkiewicz, M., Beeby, S. and Tudor, J., 2018. Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications. Sensors, 18 (8): 2410. ISSN 1424-8220

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Abstract

This paper presents research into a user-friendly electronic sleeve (e-sleeve) with integrated electrodes in an array for wearable healthcare. The electrode array was directly printed onto an everyday clothing fabric using screen printing. The fabric properties and designed structures of the e-sleeve were assessed and refined through interaction with end users. Different electrode array layouts were fabricated to optimize the user experience in terms of comfort, effectivity and ease of use. The e-sleeve uses dry electrodes to facilitate ease of use and the electrode array can survive bending a sufficient number of times to ensure an acceptable usage lifetime. Different cleaning methods (washing and wiping) have been identified to enable reuse of the e-sleeve after contamination during use. The application of the e-sleeve has been demonstrated via muscle stimulation on the upper limb to achieve functional tasks (e.g., hand opening, pointing) for eight stroke survivors.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Sensors
Creators: Yang, K., Meadmore, K., Freeman, C., Grabham, N., Hughes, A.-M., Wei, Y., Torah, R., Glanc-Gostkiewicz, M., Beeby, S. and Tudor, J.
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2018
Volume: 18
Number: 8
ISSN: 1424-8220
Identifiers:
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10.3390/s18082410DOI
s18082410Publisher Item Identifier
Rights: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited (CC BY 4.0).
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 01 Jul 2019 15:03
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 15:03
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/36989

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