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Strain-sensing fabrics for wearable kinaesthetic-like systems

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4 Author(s)
Scilingo, E.P. ; Interdepartment Res. Center E. Piaggio, Univ. of Pisa, Italy ; Lorussi, F. ; Mazzoldi, A. ; De Rossi, D.

In recent years, an innovative technology based on polymeric conductors and semiconductors has undergone rapid growth. These materials offer several advantages with respect to metals and inorganic conductors: lightness, large elasticity and resilience, resistance to corrosion, flexibility, impact strength, etc. These properties are suitable for implementing wearable devices. In particular, a sensitive glove able to detect the position and the motion of fingers and a sensorized leotard have been developed. Here, the characterization of the strain-sensing fabric is presented. In the first section, the polymerization process used to realize the strain sensor is described. Then, the thermal and mechanical transduction properties of the strain sensor are investigated and a geometrical parameter to invariantly codify the sensor response during aging is proposed. Finally, a brief outline of ongoing applications is reported.

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Sensors Journal, IEEE  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 4 )