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Sensors 2017, 17(7), 1622; doi:10.3390/s17071622

Novel Flexible Wearable Sensor Materials and Signal Processing for Vital Sign and Human Activity Monitoring

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Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Department of Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Received: 31 March 2017 / Revised: 25 May 2017 / Accepted: 21 June 2017 / Published: 13 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue State-of-the-Art Sensors Technology in Canada 2017)
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Advances in flexible electronic materials and smart textile, along with broad availability of smart phones, cloud and wireless systems have empowered the wearable technologies for significant impact on future of digital and personalized healthcare as well as consumer electronics. However, challenges related to lack of accuracy, reliability, high power consumption, rigid or bulky form factor and difficulty in interpretation of data have limited their wide-scale application in these potential areas. As an important solution to these challenges, we present latest advances in novel flexible electronic materials and sensors that enable comfortable and conformable body interaction and potential for invisible integration within daily apparel. Advances in novel flexible materials and sensors are described for wearable monitoring of human vital signs including, body temperature, respiratory rate and heart rate, muscle movements and activity. We then present advances in signal processing focusing on motion and noise artifact removal, data mining and aspects of sensor fusion relevant to future clinical applications of wearable technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearable devices; smart textile; health monitoring; flexible electronics; signal processing; nanomaterials wearable devices; smart textile; health monitoring; flexible electronics; signal processing; nanomaterials
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Servati, A.; Zou, L.; Wang, Z.J.; Ko, F.; Servati, P. Novel Flexible Wearable Sensor Materials and Signal Processing for Vital Sign and Human Activity Monitoring. Sensors 2017, 17, 1622.

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