Special Issue "Wearable Electronics"

A special issue of C (ISSN 2311-5629).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Zhi-Bin Zhang

Department of Engineering Sciences, Division of Solid-State Electronics, Uppsala University, Box 534, SE-751 21 Uppsala, Sweden
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Interests: flexible and printed electronics; wearable electronics; nano-carbon technology; thin film transistors; sensors

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of a Special Issue entitled “Wearable Electronics” in the open access journal, C (ISSN2311-5629, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/carbon). Interest in wearable electronics, that combine sensors and wireless communication to provide accurate and reliable vital information autonomously, has exploded in recent years to enhance safe and healthy living. This will impact a large range of areas, for example, healthcare, environment, security, defence, the economy and energy. Wearable electronics can be used for health monitoring, activity monitoring, disease detection, robotics, robotic surgery, implantable devices, driverless cars, artificial limb and structural monitoring, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Along with the explosion of interest in wearable electronics, a variety of challenges, nonetheless, persist which prevent wearable electronics from becoming a fully commercializable technology. We have seen that extensive research and development has proven carbon-based materials to be promising materials for use in wearable electronics. Non-carbon materials such as liquid alloy are also under exploration for application in wearable devices. As wearable electronics is of a highly interdisciplinary nature, it requires the convergence of many disciplines, notably from materials development, device design and fabrication, device physics, system integration, software and application verification. This Special Issue will be dedicated to providing academic and industrial communities with news of recent advancements in this exciting field. Original articles are welcome and your contribution would greatly enhance this Special Issue by offering different perspectives on this topic.

Yours sincerely

Prof. Dr. Zhi-Bin Zhang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

• Wearable electronics
• Flexible electronics
• Smart materials
• Carbon electronics
• Printed device
• Sensor networks

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Open AccessReview A Review of Smart Materials in Tactile Actuators for Information Delivery
C 2017, 3(4), 38; doi:10.3390/c3040038
Received: 23 August 2017 / Revised: 2 December 2017 / Accepted: 5 December 2017 / Published: 8 December 2017
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As the largest organ in the human body, the skin provides the important sensory channel for humans to receive external stimulations based on touch. By the information perceived through touch, people can feel and guess the properties of objects, like weight, temperature, textures,
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As the largest organ in the human body, the skin provides the important sensory channel for humans to receive external stimulations based on touch. By the information perceived through touch, people can feel and guess the properties of objects, like weight, temperature, textures, and motion, etc. In fact, those properties are nerve stimuli to our brain received by different kinds of receptors in the skin. Mechanical, electrical, and thermal stimuli can stimulate these receptors and cause different information to be conveyed through the nerves. Technologies for actuators to provide mechanical, electrical or thermal stimuli have been developed. These include static or vibrational actuation, electrostatic stimulation, focused ultrasound, and more. Smart materials, such as piezoelectric materials, carbon nanotubes, and shape memory alloys, play important roles in providing actuation for tactile sensation. This paper aims to review the background biological knowledge of human tactile sensing, to give an understanding of how we sense and interact with the world through the sense of touch, as well as the conventional and state-of-the-art technologies of tactile actuators for tactile feedback delivery. Full article
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