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Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications

Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications
Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications
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.
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Yang, Kai
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Glanc-Gostkiewicz, Monika
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Yang, Kai, Meadmore, Katie, Freeman, Chris, Grabham, Neil, Hughes, Ann-Marie, Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Glanc-Gostkiewicz, Monika, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, Michael (2018) Development of user-friendly wearable electronic textiles for healthcare applications. Sensors, 18 (8), 1-13. (doi:10.3390/s18082410).

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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.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 July 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 July 2018
Published date: 25 July 2018

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Local EPrints ID: 422824
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422824
ISSN: 1424-8220
PURE UUID: 6c5ccc84-6c12-4663-b516-947c2435b171
ORCID for Katie Meadmore: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5378-8370
ORCID for Neil Grabham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-6385-0331
ORCID for Ann-Marie Hughes: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3958-8206
ORCID for Russel Torah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5598-2860
ORCID for Steve Beeby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0800-1759

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Date deposited: 06 Aug 2018 16:30
Last modified: 14 Aug 2018 00:36

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