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From sensitive fabrics to distributed wearable sensors
Author(s): Danilo De Rossi; Alberto Mazzoldi; Federico Lorussi; Rita Paradiso
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Paper Abstract

Our previous work has shown that elastic textiles covered with an epitaxial layer of conducting polymer show piezoresistive properties. They can be used to fabricate sensorized garments such as gloves, leotards, socks and seat covers as man-machine interfaces. A purposely designed screen printing process has been implemented to realize sensors/tracks patterns. Polypyrrole/lycra fabrics were prepared using the method developed by Milliken Co. (Spartanburg, USA). The epitaxial deposition is obtained controlling the concentrations of monomer and the temperature of the reaction medium. Investigation on mechanoelectric transduction properties (static and dynamic) of the fabrics, calibration of wearable sensing devices and ongoing R&D efforts in multimedia, sport and rehabilitation fields are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3986, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials, (12 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388092
Show Author Affiliations
Danilo De Rossi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Alberto Mazzoldi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Federico Lorussi, Univ. of Pisa (Italy)
Rita Paradiso, SMARTEX s.r.l. (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3986:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Sensory Phenomena and Measurement Instrumentation for Smart Structures and Materials
Richard O. Claus; William B. Spillman, Editor(s)

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