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Smart clothing for the arctic environment

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11 Author(s)
Rantanen, J. ; Electron. Lab., Tampere Univ. of Technol., Finland ; Alfthan, N. ; Impio, J. ; Karinsalo, T.
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New fiber and textile materials and miniaturized electronic components make it possible to create truly usable smart clothes. These intelligent clothes are worn like ordinary clothing providing help in various situations according to the designed application. This paper describes the design and implementation of a survival smart clothing prototype for the arctic environment. Concept development, electrical design, non-electrical features, textile material selection, and clothing design are discussed. Communication and positioning aids have been provided to the suit's user. Several human and the environment measurements decide whether an emergency message should be sent. The functionality of the suit has been tested in the arctic environment.

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Wearable Computers, The Fourth International Symposium on

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16-17 Oct. 2000