Special Issue "Wearable Technologies"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Alessandro Tognetti

Research Center "E. Piaggio” and Information Engineering Department, University of Pisa, Via G. Caruso 16, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: biomedical engineering, biomedical sensing technologies, biomedical instrumentation, motion capture, data fusion, biomechanics, rehabilitation, wearable sensors and technologies.
Guest Editor
Dr. Nicola Carbonaro

Research Center "E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Largo L. Lazzerino, 1, 56122 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: biomedical engineering, wearable sensing system, biomechanics, biomedical sensors and technologies, physiological sensors, rehabilitation, wearable sensor design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Wearable technology will revolutionise our life in the years to come. The current trend is to augment ordinary body-worn objects—e.g. watches, glasses, bracelets, and clothing—with advanced information and communication technologies such as sensors, electronics, software, connectivity and power sources. These wearable devices can monitor and assist the user in the management of his/her daily life with applications that may range from activity tracking, sport and wellness, mobile games, environmental monitoring, up to e-health.

This Special Issue is intended to report the recent advances in the multidisciplinary field of wearable technologies and the important gaps that still remain in order to obtain a massive diffusion.

Articles in this Special Issue will address topics that include: wearable sensing and bio-sensing technologies, smart textiles, smart materials, wearable and implantable microsystems, low-power and embedded circuits for data acquisition and processing, data transmission, power supply.

Dr. Alessandro Tognetti
Dr. Nicola Carbonaro
Guest Editors

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  • Flexible/stretchable electronics
  • Wearable sensors and biosensors
  • Smart textiles and smart materials 
  • Implantable devices
  • Energy scavenging/harvesting
  • Low power circuits
  • E-health, rehabilitation engineering and assistive technologies
  • Internet of things
  • Wearable computing
  • Context recognition
  • Data processing and data fusion
  • Wireless and body area networks

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Open AccessReview Cuff-Less and Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring: A Methodological Review
Technologies 2017, 5(2), 21; doi:10.3390/technologies5020021
Received: 5 March 2017 / Revised: 27 April 2017 / Accepted: 5 May 2017 / Published: 9 May 2017
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Blood pressure (BP) is one of the most important monitoring parameters in clinical medicine. For years, the cuff-based sphygmomanometer and the arterial invasive line have been the gold standards for care professionals to assess BP. During the past few decades, the wide spread
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Blood pressure (BP) is one of the most important monitoring parameters in clinical medicine. For years, the cuff-based sphygmomanometer and the arterial invasive line have been the gold standards for care professionals to assess BP. During the past few decades, the wide spread of the oscillometry-based BP arm or wrist cuffs have made home-based BP assessment more convenient and accessible. However, the discontinuous nature, the inability to interface with mobile applications, the relative inaccuracy with movement, and the need for calibration have rendered those BP oscillometry devices inadequate for next-generation healthcare infrastructure where integration and continuous data acquisition and communication are required. Recently, the indirect approach to obtain BP values has been intensively investigated, where BP is mathematically derived through the “Time Delay” in propagation of pressure waves in the vascular system. This holds promise for the realization of cuffless and continuous BP monitoring systems, for both patients and healthy populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This review highlights recent efforts in developing these next-generation blood pressure monitoring devices and compares various mathematical models. The unmet challenges and further developments that are crucial to develop “Time Delay”-based BP devices are also discussed. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Oxide thin-film transistors on fibres for smart textiles
Authors: Niko Münzenrieder, Christian Vogt, Luisa Petti, Giuseppe Cantarella, Lars Büthe, Raoul Guggenheim, and Gerhard Tröster

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