Portable electronic systems and wearable sensor networks are offering increasing opportunities in fields like healthcare, medicine, sport, human-machine interfacing and data sharing. The technological research is looking for innovative design solutions able to improve performances and portability of wearable systems. The power supply strategy is crucial to improve lifetime, reduce maintenance, preserve the environment and reduce costs of smart distributed electronic systems applied to the body. The conversion of biomechanical energy of limbs and joints to electricity has the potential to solve much of the actual limitations. The design and building of wearable energy harvesters for wearable applications require different approaches respect to traditional vibratory energy harvesters. This chapter focuses on transduction materials, modeling strategies, experimental setups, and data analysis for the design of biomechanical energy harvesters; a case study based on system integration and miniaturization is also described for applications in the field of human-machines interfacing.

Biomechanical Energy Harvesting: Design, Testing, and Future Trends in Healthcare and Human-Machines Interfacing / DE PASQUALE, Giorgio - In: Innovative Materials and Systems for Energy Harvesting Applications / Mescia L, Losito O, Prudenzano F. - STAMPA. - Hershey, PA (USA) : IGI Global, 2015. - ISBN 978-1-4666-8254-2. - pp. 290-340 [10.4018/978-1-4666-8254-2.ch011]

Biomechanical Energy Harvesting: Design, Testing, and Future Trends in Healthcare and Human-Machines Interfacing

DE PASQUALE, GIORGIO
2015

Abstract

Portable electronic systems and wearable sensor networks are offering increasing opportunities in fields like healthcare, medicine, sport, human-machine interfacing and data sharing. The technological research is looking for innovative design solutions able to improve performances and portability of wearable systems. The power supply strategy is crucial to improve lifetime, reduce maintenance, preserve the environment and reduce costs of smart distributed electronic systems applied to the body. The conversion of biomechanical energy of limbs and joints to electricity has the potential to solve much of the actual limitations. The design and building of wearable energy harvesters for wearable applications require different approaches respect to traditional vibratory energy harvesters. This chapter focuses on transduction materials, modeling strategies, experimental setups, and data analysis for the design of biomechanical energy harvesters; a case study based on system integration and miniaturization is also described for applications in the field of human-machines interfacing.
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Innovative Materials and Systems for Energy Harvesting Applications
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