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Recorded July 21, 2021
With the increase in demand for wearable devices, fiber-based sensors have attracted much attention because of their potential for creating electronic textiles for applications such as health monitoring, interactive interfaces, and other areas. Though the utility of fiber-based sensors has been recognized as a key step for truly mass-produced electronic textiles, most of the current fiber-based sensors are limited to a single sensing functionality only and only a few have production and dimensional compatibility with textiles. A multimodal and multifunctional fiber-based sensor can offer unobtrusive integration of sensing capabilities into textiles. This presentation gives an overview of e-textiles and covers extrusion of uniquely shaped conductive fibers which are woven to create multifunctional sensors. The multifunctional capabilities were explored by measuring tactile force, tensile force, and shear deformations, as well as wetness and biopotential (heart rate). This fiber-based sensing approach can be used for scalable manufacturability of advanced etextile products.
About the Speaker
Ashish Kapoor received his PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science from the Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University. He worked in the field of e-textiles and his research focused on developing fiber based multimodal and multifunctional active sensory textiles. He is a recipient of the NC State Universitys Provost Doctoral Recruitment Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service RISE Professional Scholarship and NC State Universitys Graduate School Summer Fellowship.