Washability of e-textile stretch sensors and sensor insulation

Mary Ellen Berglund, James Coughlin, Guido Gioberto, Lucy E. Dunne

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An effective way to monitor body movements and positions (including physiological signals like breathing) without causing discomfort is through integration of sensors and electronics into base layers of clothing. However, for many applications (including sports and fitness), such sensors must be washable. Here, we present results of experiments evaluating the impact of washing on an e-textile stretch and bend sensor. Two cases are investigated: un-insulated sensors and sensors insulated with a fusible polymer film. Results show small-scale drift in the un-insulated sensor, which is magnified by machine washing and further by machine drying. Similar results are observed in delamination effects for the insulating film.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISWC 2014 - Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329699
StatePublished - Sep 13 2014
Event18th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2014 - Seattle, United States
Duration: Sep 13 2014Sep 17 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC
ISSN (Print)1550-4816


Conference18th ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers, ISWC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the University of Minnesota, and by the National Science Foundation under grant #1116719

Publisher Copyright:
© 2014 Owner/Author.


  • breathing sensing
  • e-textile
  • stitched sensor
  • washability
  • wearable sensor
  • wearable technology


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