3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Textile sensors to measure sweat pH and sweat-rate during exercise

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5957,
        author={Shirley Coyle and Deirdre Morris and King-Tong Lau and Dermot Diamond and Fabio Di Francesco and Nicola Taccini and Maria Giovanna Trivella and Daniele Costanzo and Pietro Salvo and Jacque-Andre Porchet and Jean Luprano},
        title={Textile sensors to measure sweat pH and sweat-rate during exercise},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2009},
        month={8},
        keywords={sweat analysis wearable sensors smart textiles personalised healthcare},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5957}
    }
    
  • Shirley Coyle
    Deirdre Morris
    King-Tong Lau
    Dermot Diamond
    Fabio Di Francesco
    Nicola Taccini
    Maria Giovanna Trivella
    Daniele Costanzo
    Pietro Salvo
    Jacque-Andre Porchet
    Jean Luprano
    Year: 2009
    Textile sensors to measure sweat pH and sweat-rate during exercise
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5957
Shirley Coyle1, Deirdre Morris1, King-Tong Lau1, Dermot Diamond1, Fabio Di Francesco2, Nicola Taccini3, Maria Giovanna Trivella4, Daniele Costanzo5, Pietro Salvo5, Jacque-Andre Porchet6, Jean Luprano6
  • 1: CLARITY, NCSR, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin 9, Ireland
  • 2: Dipartmento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Pisa, Italy
  • 3: Smartex s.r.l, 56023 Navacchio, Italy
  • 4: Istituto di Fisiologia Clinica C.N.R., Pisa, Italy
  • 5: Centro Interdipartimentale "E. Piaggio", Universita di Pisa, Italy
  • 6: CSEM SA, Neuchatel, Switzerland

Abstract

Sweat analysis can provide a valuable insight into a person's well-being. Here we present wearable textile-based sensors that can provide real-time information regarding sweat activity. A pH sensitive dye incorporated into a fabric fluidic system is used to determine sweat pH. To detect the onset of sweat activity a sweat rate sensor is incorporated into a textile substrate. The sensors are integrated into a waistband and controlled by a central unit with wireless connectivity. The use of such sensors for sweat analysis may provide valuable physiological information for applications in sports performance and also in healthcare.