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Sensors 2016, 16(3), 365; doi:10.3390/s16030365

Pressure Mapping Mat for Tele-Home Care Applications

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TechOnYou s.r.l, Via La Guardia n.9/A, Villasor (CA) 09034, Italy
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Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Piazza d’Armi snc, Cagliari 09123, Italy
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Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Cagliari, Piazza d’Armi snc, Cagliari 09123, Italy
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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, Bologna 40127, Italy
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Academic Editor: Vittorio M. N. Passaro
Received: 7 January 2016 / Revised: 4 March 2016 / Accepted: 7 March 2016 / Published: 11 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

In this paper we present the development of a mat-like pressure mapping system based on a single layer textile sensor and intended to be used in home environments for monitoring the physical condition of persons with limited mobility. The sensor is fabricated by embroidering silver-coated yarns on a light cotton fabric and creating pressure-sensitive resistive elements by stamping the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) at the crossing points of conductive stitches. A battery-operated mat prototype was developed and includes the scanning circuitry and a wireless communication module. A functional description of the system is presented together with a preliminary experimental evaluation of the mat prototype in the extraction of plantar pressure parameters. View Full-Text
Keywords: pressure sensor; electronic textile; PEDOT:PSS; plantar pressure mapping pressure sensor; electronic textile; PEDOT:PSS; plantar pressure mapping
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Saenz-Cogollo, J.F.; Pau, M.; Fraboni, B.; Bonfiglio, A. Pressure Mapping Mat for Tele-Home Care Applications. Sensors 2016, 16, 365.

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