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Introduction to EU-H2020 project WEARPLEX: wearable multiplexed biomedical electrodes

Introduction to EU-H2020 project WEARPLEX: wearable multiplexed biomedical electrodes
Introduction to EU-H2020 project WEARPLEX: wearable multiplexed biomedical electrodes
WEARPLEX is a multidisciplinary research and innovation action with the overall aim to integrate printed electronics with flexible and wearable textile-based biomedical multi-pad electrodes. It aims to answer the growing need for user-friendly electrodes for pervasive measurement of electrophysiological signals and application of electrical stimulation. It focuses on the development of the printable electronics and manufacturing processes for stretchable textile based multi-pad electrodes with integrated logic circuits that enable a significant increase in the number of electrode pads (channels) and facilitate the creation of new products in the sectors of medical electronics and life-style. The advanced printed electronics integrated in WEARPLEX electrodes will allow the individual pads to be connected in arbitrary configurations to the output leads of the electrode. Therefore, the pads will be flexibly organized into several virtual electrodes of arbitrary position, shape and size that can be connected to any standard multi-channel recording and stimulation system. In addition, software methods will be developed for automatic calibration of these virtual electrodes, to detect stimulation/recording hotspots and adjust the virtual electrodes accordingly. Therefore, the WEARPLEX project will lead to a new generation of smart electrodes that will be able to adapt simultaneously to the user (wearable and stretchable garment), recording/stimulation scenario (movement type and target muscles) and recording/stimulation system (number of channels). This is a paradigm shift in designing the recording and stimulation systems, as the switching electronics is shifted from the custom-made stimulator/recording device to the smart electrode, leading to a universal solution compatible with any system.

WEARPLEX is funded under the EU Horizon2020 call ICT-02-2018, the work program is over 3 years starting on the 1st of January 2019; this abstract is therefore an opportunity to introduce the project to the community and discuss research directions and early results for the project. The individual components of the project are at TRL2-4 with the goal of improving and combining them to achieve TRL6-7 industrial demonstrators by the end of the project.
WEARPLEX, e-textiles, printed textiles, printed electronics, Wearable health monitoring, Wearable Technology
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Torah, Russel, Beeby, Stephen, Kostic, Milos, Keller, Thierry, Lanceros-Mendez, Senentxu, Andersson Ersman, Peter, Zillger, Tino, Dosen, Strahinja, Wendelbo, Rune, Chardonnens, Severine and Tauriainen, Antti (2019) Introduction to EU-H2020 project WEARPLEX: wearable multiplexed biomedical electrodes. Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention, Messe Munich, Germany. 20 Mar - 21 Nov 2019.

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Abstract

WEARPLEX is a multidisciplinary research and innovation action with the overall aim to integrate printed electronics with flexible and wearable textile-based biomedical multi-pad electrodes. It aims to answer the growing need for user-friendly electrodes for pervasive measurement of electrophysiological signals and application of electrical stimulation. It focuses on the development of the printable electronics and manufacturing processes for stretchable textile based multi-pad electrodes with integrated logic circuits that enable a significant increase in the number of electrode pads (channels) and facilitate the creation of new products in the sectors of medical electronics and life-style. The advanced printed electronics integrated in WEARPLEX electrodes will allow the individual pads to be connected in arbitrary configurations to the output leads of the electrode. Therefore, the pads will be flexibly organized into several virtual electrodes of arbitrary position, shape and size that can be connected to any standard multi-channel recording and stimulation system. In addition, software methods will be developed for automatic calibration of these virtual electrodes, to detect stimulation/recording hotspots and adjust the virtual electrodes accordingly. Therefore, the WEARPLEX project will lead to a new generation of smart electrodes that will be able to adapt simultaneously to the user (wearable and stretchable garment), recording/stimulation scenario (movement type and target muscles) and recording/stimulation system (number of channels). This is a paradigm shift in designing the recording and stimulation systems, as the switching electronics is shifted from the custom-made stimulator/recording device to the smart electrode, leading to a universal solution compatible with any system.

WEARPLEX is funded under the EU Horizon2020 call ICT-02-2018, the work program is over 3 years starting on the 1st of January 2019; this abstract is therefore an opportunity to introduce the project to the community and discuss research directions and early results for the project. The individual components of the project are at TRL2-4 with the goal of improving and combining them to achieve TRL6-7 industrial demonstrators by the end of the project.

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Published date: 21 March 2019
Venue - Dates: Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention, Messe Munich, Germany, 2019-03-20 - 2019-11-21
Keywords: WEARPLEX, e-textiles, printed textiles, printed electronics, Wearable health monitoring, Wearable Technology

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/435741
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ORCID for Russel Torah: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5598-2860
ORCID for Stephen Beeby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0800-1759

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Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:03

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Author: Russel Torah ORCID iD
Author: Stephen Beeby ORCID iD
Author: Milos Kostic
Author: Thierry Keller
Author: Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
Author: Peter Andersson Ersman
Author: Tino Zillger
Author: Strahinja Dosen
Author: Rune Wendelbo
Author: Severine Chardonnens
Author: Antti Tauriainen

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