Smart Clothes with Wireless Power Transfer and Sensing Capabilities – IP 1614

A variety of sensors can be attached on a human body or implanted into the human body to monitor or check the human body for various reasons. The sensors need power to operate, and they need to be frequently connected to a power source or have a battery replaced. This is time consuming and burdensome. Although WPT technology allows wireless power transfer to a receiver, such as one including a sensor and has come a long way, the current WPT technology requires the receiver to be positioned in a specific site, thereby inhibiting the user of the senor from moving. To address this limitation, FIU inventors have designed novel smart clothes that wirelessly transfer power and communicate with a sensor attached on a human body. The smart clothes when integrated with transmitters, wirelessly transmit power to sensor/devices affixed on the body or placed inside the body. In addition, the smart clothes can also bi-directionally or unidirectionally communicate with the sensor/devices affixed on the body. The smart clothes can include vests, pants, and helmets, among other items that are integrated with batteries and wireless power transmission and data elements. Stickers having WPT elements and sensors can also be used to attach on the body. The stickers can also be free of batteries. The smart clothes can power all the sensors on the body and collect their data. Shantanu Balkundi sbalkund@fiu.edu 305-348-8061

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