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Journal of Sensors - Volume 2017 2017, Article ID 7539840, 13 pages -

Research Article

School of Textiles and Clothing, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122, China

Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China

Shenzhen College of Advanced Technology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xueliang Xiao and Wanqing Wu

Received 5 February 2017; Accepted 20 April 2017; Published 5 July 2017

Academic Editor: Young-Jin Cha

Copyright © 2017 Xueliang Xiao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Long-time monitoring of physiological parameters can scrutinize human health conditions so as to use electrocardiogram ECG for diagnosis of some human’s chronic cardiovascular diseases. The continuous monitoring requires the wearable electrodes to be breathable, flexible, biocompatible, and skin-affinity friendly. Weave electrodes are innovative materials to supply these potential performances. In this paper, four conductive weave electrodes in plain and honeycomb weave patterns were developed to monitor human ECG signals. A wearable belt platform was developed to mount such electrodes for acquisition of ECG signals using a back-end electronic circuit and a signal transfer unit. The performance of weave ECG electrodes was evaluated in terms of skin-electrode contacting impedance, comfortability, ECG electrical characteristics, and signal fidelity. Such performances were then compared with the values from Ag-AgCl reference electrode. The test results showed that lower skin-electrode impedance, higher R-peak amplitude, and signal-to-noise ratio SNR value were obtained with the increased density of conductive filaments in weave and honeycomb weave electrode presented higher comfort but poorer signal quality of ECG. This study inspires an acceptable way of weave electrodes in long- and real-time of human biosignal monitoring.

Autor: Xueliang Xiao, Sandeep Pirbhulal, Ke Dong, Wanqing Wu, and Xi Mei



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