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Screen printed capacitive free-standing cantilever beams used as a motion detector for wearable sensors

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2012) Screen printed capacitive free-standing cantilever beams used as a motion detector for wearable sensors [in special issue: 26th European Conference on Solid-State Transducers, EUROSENSOR 2012] Procedia Engineering, 47, pp. 165-169. (doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2012.09.110).

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This paper reports the screen printing of free-standing cantilever beams on to fabric, for use as motion detectors. Such low cost motion detectors could be used in clothing as activity monitors to indicate if the wearer is unconscious in safety critical applications, e.g. a fireman in a building. We have fabricated capacitive free-standing cantilevers by screen printing sacrificial and structural materials onto a fabric substrate. In this paper, these devices are used as motion detectors which are mounted and tested on a human forearm alongside a commercial accelerometer, for comparison. The results show the feasibility of using a fabric based cantilever to indicate that the wearer is moving.

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Published date: 2012
Keywords: smart fabrics, low temperature sacrificial technology, motion detector, screen printing
Organisations: EEE


Local EPrints ID: 344908
PURE UUID: a6b2cd83-777f-440e-9f56-7099293c64ec
ORCID for Yang Wei: ORCID iD
ORCID for Steve Beeby: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 06 Nov 2012 17:33
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 05:13

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Author: Yang Wei ORCID iD
Author: Russel Torah
Author: Kai Yang
Author: Steve Beeby ORCID iD
Author: John Tudor

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