Sensors and Electrodes-keeping us Aware!Randy Mitchell
Sensors and Electrodes-keeping us Aware! Sensors are by definition devices that measure a physical property and records, indicates, or otherwise responds to it. Electrodes are conductors through which electricity enters or leaves an object, substance or region. Through sensing, we know the condition of our automobile’s systems. Today’s automobile tells us how much gas we have and the condition of our tires. They tell us if seatbelts are buckled, and airbags are functional.
The health care industry uses sensing devices in many ways. Recording vital signs and remote monitoring of homebound patients require sensors. They can also summon emergency responders in medical emergencies with a touch of a finger.
They are used to monitor the security and temperature of our houses. Sensing devices monitor the air, looking for smoke and carbon monoxide. They turn on lights when darkness comes and turn them off in the daylight hours. They call authorities when fire occurs, or security is breached.
Sensors and Electrodes-keeping us Aware! Electrodes are used in the health care industry as well. They are used to stimulate nerves and muscles. Transdermal Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) is used to relieve nerve pain. Typically, it is used in diabetes, tendinitis, osteoarthritis, and fibromyalgia. Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) is used to stimulate muscles. EMS is used to prevent atrophy and keep muscular tone in neuromuscular injuries.
Sensors and Electrodes-keeping us Aware! In both sensors and electrodes, electrical conductivity is important. Metalized textiles play an important role in sensors and electrodes. Their high conductivity makes them ideal in medical situations. One of the new developments is embroidering sensors into clothing. The embroidery thread is highly conductive, creating an excellent sensor. The embroidered sensor is held in place by the garment. A comfortable “yarn wire” is embroidered to connect to output device. Adhesive isn’t necessary, eliminating tissue inflammation while maintaining sensor position.
The use and scope of sensors will continue to expand. VTT has the world’s largest selection of metalized textiles. If your sensor project requires great conductivity and flexibility, contact us! We’ll help you select the one that’s ideal for your needs!
V Technical Textiles, Inc.
Thanks to ZSK for Embroidery Photos!
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