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Design and Evaluation of Novel Textile Wearable Systems for the Surveillance of Vital Signals

IBEB-FCUL, College of Sciences of University of Lisbon, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal
FibEnTech Unit, University of Beira Interior, 6201-001 Covilhã, Portugal
INESC TEC, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
CHCB, Hospital Centre of Cova da Beira, 6200-251 Covilhã, Portugal
Playvest S.A., Rua das Austrálias, 2, 4705-322 Braga, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Hyun-Joong Chung
Sensors 2016, 16(10), 1573;
Received: 30 June 2016 / Revised: 16 September 2016 / Accepted: 20 September 2016 / Published: 24 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flexible Electronics and Sensors)
This article addresses the design, development, and evaluation of T-shirt prototypes that embed novel textile sensors for the capture of cardio and respiratory signals. The sensors are connected through textile interconnects to either an embedded custom-designed data acquisition and transmission unit or to snap fastener terminals for connection to external monitoring devices. The performance of the T-shirt prototype is evaluated in terms of signal-to-noise ratio amplitude and signal interference caused by baseline wander and motion artefacts, through laboratory tests with subjects in standing and walking conditions. Performance tests were also conducted in a hospital environment using a T-shirt prototype connected to a commercial three-channel Holter monitoring device. The textile sensors and interconnects were realized with the assistance of an industrial six-needle digital embroidery tool and their resistance to wear addressed with normalized tests of laundering and abrasion. The performance of these wearable systems is discussed, and pathways and methods for their optimization are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: textile wearable technologies; flexible electronics; mHealth; pHealth textile wearable technologies; flexible electronics; mHealth; pHealth
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Trindade, I.G.; Machado da Silva, J.; Miguel, R.; Pereira, M.; Lucas, J.; Oliveira, L.; Valentim, B.; Barreto, J.; Santos Silva, M. Design and Evaluation of Novel Textile Wearable Systems for the Surveillance of Vital Signals. Sensors 2016, 16, 1573.

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