Wearable electronic systems integrated in textiles are mainly based on flexible and stretchable circuits encapsulated in a polymer material (silicone, polyurethane). Due to the conformability of the system, integrating mechanical switches like push buttons, etc. to switch on/off and control the device is not the best solution. In this master thesis, the student should investigate possible solutions to overcome this issue. If one thinks about non-mechanical switches/controls/.., capacitive, inductive based switches can be a solution together with more complicated control means like Bluetooth or NFC, controlled by a user interface running on a smartphone.
The student should create a platform that is able to control a wearable electronic system encapsulated in a polymer. This means developing:
- A way to recharge an integrated battery by inductive charging.
- A way to switch on/off the system without mechanical switches.
- A way to control the system (reading out sensors or activating actuators) by means of a wireless protocol (e.g. Bluetooth, NFC) communicating with a user interface running on a smartphone.
The system should be easy adjustable in a way that integrating more sensors or actuators doesn’t need a complete reprogramming of the driving electronics/user interface.
Ardoyen CMST + at home.