American Chemical Society
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Dual-Core Capacitive Microfiber Sensor for Smart Textile Applications

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posted on 2019-08-27, 19:34 authored by Longteng Yu, Yuqin Feng, Dinesh S/O M Tamil Selven, Liangsong Yao, Ren Hao Soon, Joo Chuan Yeo, Chwee Teck Lim
Wearable sensors for smart textile applications have garnered tremendous interest in recent years and can have enormous potential for human machine interfaces and digital health monitoring. Here, we report a soft capacitive microfiber sensor that can be woven seamlessly into textiles for strain measurement. Comprising a dual-lumen elastomeric microtube and liquid metallic alloy, the microfiber sensor enables continual strain perception even after being completely severed. In addition, our microfiber sensor is highly stretchable and flexible and exhibits tunable sensitivity, excellent linearity, a fast response, and negligible hysteresis. More importantly, the microfiber sensor is minimally affected by train rate and compression during strain sensing. Even under drastic environmental changes, the microfiber sensor presents good electrical stability. By integrating the microfiber sensor imperceptibly with textiles, we devise smart textile wearables to interpret hand gestures, detect limb motion, and monitor respiration rate. We believe that this sensor presents enormous potential in unobtrusive continuous health monitoring.