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Vol. 9, Special Issue, December 2010, pp.109-117



Measurement Using Conductive Polymeric Fibers in a Wearable Sensor Platform


Ram Manoj Sarda, Thomas Donnely, Mansour Taherinahzahdi
and Michael Haji-Sheikh

Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering and Engineering Technology,
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115, USA
E-mail: mhsheikh@ceet.niu.edu



Received: 27 September 2010   /Accepted: 30 November 2010   /Published: 30 December 2010


Abstract: The purpose of this study is to design polymer fiber sensors which can be embedded into a t-shirt for electrocardiography. Recent inventors have envisioned this concept, but the feasibility of this idea needs to be investigated. The sensors used in this study are designed in way to make good contact with the skin without using gel or any other adhesives which can cause pain when removed and can annoy the user. The method of using polymer fiber sensors in a fabric for the purpose of electrocardiogram (ECG) signal detection was determined to be more feasible than the conventional silver/silver-chloride adhesive electrodes. This method of using polymer fibers as sensors for Electrocardiography is a novel method for this application.


Keywords: Electrodes, Electrocardiogram, ECG, Heart-rate monitor


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