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Flexible, Stretchable Sensors for Wearable Health Monitoring: Sensing Mechanisms, Materials, Fabrication Strategies and Features

Key Laboratory of Electronic Equipment Structure Design, Ministry of Education, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
School of Aerospace Science and Technology, Xidian University, Xi’an 710071, China
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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 645;
Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 16 February 2018 / Published: 22 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Health Monitoring and Disease Diagnosis)
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Wearable health monitoring systems have gained considerable interest in recent years owing to their tremendous promise for personal portable health watching and remote medical practices. The sensors with excellent flexibility and stretchability are crucial components that can provide health monitoring systems with the capability of continuously tracking physiological signals of human body without conspicuous uncomfortableness and invasiveness. The signals acquired by these sensors, such as body motion, heart rate, breath, skin temperature and metabolism parameter, are closely associated with personal health conditions. This review attempts to summarize the recent progress in flexible and stretchable sensors, concerning the detected health indicators, sensing mechanisms, functional materials, fabrication strategies, basic and desired features. The potential challenges and future perspectives of wearable health monitoring system are also briefly discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: wearable health monitoring; sensors; flexibility and stretchability wearable health monitoring; sensors; flexibility and stretchability

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Liu, Y.; Wang, H.; Zhao, W.; Zhang, M.; Qin, H.; Xie, Y. Flexible, Stretchable Sensors for Wearable Health Monitoring: Sensing Mechanisms, Materials, Fabrication Strategies and Features. Sensors 2018, 18, 645.

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