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Sensors 2017, 17(4), 875; doi:10.3390/s17040875

Intelligent Medical Garments with Graphene-Functionalized Smart-Cloth ECG Sensors

Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Sabancı University, Istanbul 34956, Turkey
Sabancı University Nanotechnology Research and Application Center, Istanbul 34956, Turkey
Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi 127788, UAE
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Academic Editors: Edward Sazonov and Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay
Received: 17 January 2017 / Revised: 12 March 2017 / Accepted: 22 March 2017 / Published: 16 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wearable and Ambient Sensors for Healthcare and Wellness Applications)
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Biopotential signals are recorded mostly by using sticky, pre-gelled electrodes, which are not ideal for wearable, point-of-care monitoring where the usability of the personalized medical device depends critically on the level of comfort and wearability of the electrodes. We report a fully-wearable medical garment for mobile monitoring of cardiac biopotentials from the wrists or the neck with minimum restriction to regular clothing habits. The wearable prototype is based on elastic bands with graphene functionalized, textile electrodes and battery-powered, low-cost electronics for signal acquisition and wireless transmission. Comparison of the electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings obtained from the wearable prototype against conventional wet electrodes indicate excellent conformity and spectral coherence among the two signals. View Full-Text
Keywords: graphene; electrocardiogram; conductive textile; mHealth; ECG electrode; wearable sensor; smart fabric; medical garment; wristband; arrhytmia graphene; electrocardiogram; conductive textile; mHealth; ECG electrode; wearable sensor; smart fabric; medical garment; wristband; arrhytmia

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Yapici, M.K.; Alkhidir, T.E. Intelligent Medical Garments with Graphene-Functionalized Smart-Cloth ECG Sensors. Sensors 2017, 17, 875.

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