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  • A Design-Led, Materials Based Approach to Human Centered Applications Using Modified Dielectric Electroactive Polymer Sensors

Toomey, Anne, 2015, Journal Article, A Design-Led, Materials Based Approach to Human Centered Applications Using Modified Dielectric Electroactive Polymer Sensors Sensor Systems and Software, 143 (1). pp. 11-19. ISSN 1867-8211

Abstract or Description:

This paper describes a design-led exploratory scoping study into the potential use of an industry standard dielectric electroactive polymer (DEAP) sensor for applications in assistive healthcare. The focus of this activity was to explore the physical format and integration of soft materials and sensor combinations with properties that afford an opportunity for accurate and unobtrusive real time body mapping and monitoring. The work involved a series of practical investigations into the capacitance changes in the sensor brought on by deformation through different ways of stretching. The dielectric sensors were selected as a direct mapping tool against the body based on the similarity of the stretch qualities of both the sensor and human skin and muscle resulting in a prototype vest for real time breathing monitoring through sensing thoracic movement. This involved modification of the standard sensors and handcrafting bespoke sensors to map critically relevant areas of the thorax.

Contributors:
ContributionNameRCA ID
CollaboratorOliver, RaymondUNSPECIFIED
CollaboratorO'Connor, NiamhUNSPECIFIED
CollaboratorStevenson-Keating, PatrickUNSPECIFIED
Official URL: http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-3...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design > W231 Textile Design
Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies > W240 Industrial/Product Design
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W710 Fabric and Leather Crafts
School or Centre: School of Material
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-17136-4_2
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2016 17:07
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2222

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