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Novel wireless-communicating textiles made from multi-material and minimally-invasive fibers.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Sensors (Basel), Volume 14, Issue 10, p.19260-74 (2014)

Keywords:

Humans, Monitoring, Ambulatory, Telemedicine, Textiles, Wireless Technology

Abstract:

<p>The ability to integrate multiple materials into miniaturized fiber structures enables the realization of novel biomedical textile devices with higher-level functionalities and minimally-invasive attributes. In this work, we present novel textile fabrics integrating unobtrusive multi-material fibers that communicate through 2.4 GHz wireless networks with excellent signal quality. The conductor elements of the textiles are embedded within the fibers themselves, providing electrical and chemical shielding against the environment, while preserving the mechanical and cosmetic properties of the garments. These multi-material fibers combine insulating and conducting materials into a well-defined geometry, and represent a cost-effective and minimally-invasive approach to sensor fabrics and bio-sensing textiles connected in real time to mobile communications infrastructures, suitable for a variety of health and life science applications. </p>

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