Nanocomposite Motion Tape for Distributed Skin-Strain, Muscle Engagement, and Movement Assessment

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Wearable sensors have garnered considerable public interest due to increased personal health awareness. In addition, wearables can be particularly beneficial for the military, athletic, and healthcare industries. However, most wearables today are still based on rigid, bulky, electronic devices. On the contrary, sensors in the form of patches are more conformable to the human body and are capable of distributed sensing. For this reason, a self-adhesive, elastic- fabric-based, skin-strain sensor for quantifying functional movements and muscle engagement was developed. In this study, these wearable sensors, or Motion Tapes, were tested on individuals performing different functional and exercise movements. Data from Motion Tapes were compared against optical motion capture. In general, consistent sensing responses were obtained and confirmed, which demonstrated their promise as a versatile and field-deployable wearable sensor for functional movement assessment and monitoring.

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Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: TechConnect Briefs 2021
Published: October 18, 2021
Pages: 192 - 195
Industry sector: Sensors, MEMS, Electronics
Topics: Nanoelectronics, Sensors - Chemical, Physical & Bio
ISBN: 978-0-578-99550-2