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

Toomey, Anne, Oliver, Raymond, O'Connor, Niamh and Stevenson-Keating, Patrick (2015) A Design-Led, Materials Based Approach to Human Centered Applications Using Modified Dielectric Electroactive Polymer Sensors. In: 5th International Conference, S-CUBE 2014, 6th - 7th October 2014, Coventry, UK.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-17136-4_2

Abstract

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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: B800 Medical Technology
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 16:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2015 16:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/24003

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