Smart Fabrics or fabrics that have the characteristics of sensors are a wide and emerging field of study. This thesis summarizes an investigation into the development of fabric sensors for use in sensorized socks that can be used to gather real time information about the foot such as gait features. Conventional technologies usually provide 2D information about the foot. Sensorized socks are able to provide angular data in which foot angles are correlated to the output from the sensor enabling 3D monitoring of foot position. Current angle detection mechanisms are mainly heavy and cumbersome; the sensorized socks are not only portable but also non-invasive to the subject who wears them. The incorporation of wireless features into the sensorized socks enabled a remote monitoring of the foot.
|Advisor:||Flatau, Alison B.|
|Commitee:||Akin, David, Winkelmann, Allen E.|
|School:||University of Maryland, College Park|
|School Location:||United States -- Maryland|
|Source:||MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Aerospace engineering, Biomechanics|
|Keywords:||Body angles, Fabric sensors, Foot angles, Smart fabrics|
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