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Sensors (Basel). 2014 Oct 16;14(10):19260-74. doi: 10.3390/s141019260.

Novel wireless-communicating textiles made from multi-material and minimally-invasive fibers.

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1
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada. sgorgutsa@gmail.com.
2
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada.
3
Department of Electrical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, QC H3C 1K3, Canada. Bora.Ung@etsmtl.ca.
4
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada. jfviens@copl.ulaval.ca.
5
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada. Benoit.Gosselin@gel.ulaval.ca.
6
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada. Benoit.Gosselin@gel.ulaval.ca.
7
Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers (COPL), Université Laval, Quebec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada. younes.messaddeq@copl.ulaval.ca.

Abstract

The ability to integrate multiple materials into miniaturized fiber structures enables the realization of novel biomedical textile devices with higher-level functionalities and minimally-invasive attributes. In this work, we present novel textile fabrics integrating unobtrusive multi-material fibers that communicate through 2.4 GHz wireless networks with excellent signal quality. The conductor elements of the textiles are embedded within the fibers themselves, providing electrical and chemical shielding against the environment, while preserving the mechanical and cosmetic properties of the garments. These multi-material fibers combine insulating and conducting materials into a well-defined geometry, and represent a cost-effective and minimally-invasive approach to sensor fabrics and bio-sensing textiles connected in real time to mobile communications infrastructures, suitable for a variety of health and life science applications.

PMID:
25325335
PMCID:
PMC4239944
DOI:
10.3390/s141019260
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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