Toward integrated wearable devices: Shape memory alloy textiles shape memory alloy textiles: Provide complex deformation and force profiles for novel wearable applications

Kevin Eschen, Julianna Abel

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Market projections for medical wearables and wearable technologies predict compound annual growth rates of over 25[%] and growth to a global market size of US$82 billion until 2023. While current wearable devices primarily rely on the attachment of sensors, actuators, or energy harvesters to traditional, passive textiles, the next generation of wearable devices will introduce fully integrated wearable capabilities provided by the filament and textile architecture itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationAdvanced Materials and Processes
StatePublished - Apr 2020

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The authors would like to acknowledge Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy Robotics, Sensors, and Advanced Manufacturing (MnDRIVE RSAM) Initiative and the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research UMII MnDRIVE Graduate Assistantship. Special thanks to Charles Weinberg for the images in Fig. 3a and Rachael Granberry for parts of Fig. 2c.

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