Quan Zhang, Tao Jin, Jianguo Cai, Liang Xu, Tianyiyi He, Tianhong Wang, Yingzhong Tian, Long Li, Yan Peng, Chengkuo Lee

Nov 19, 2021
Advanced Science
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A waterproof and textile‐based triboelectric tactile sensor is designed for healthcare applications including motion intention detection for robotic control, human–machine interaction‐based waist training, and gait analysis. Combined with machine learning and Internet of Things technology, all these functions are integrated and demonstrated with a lower‐limber rehabilitation robot to amplify its functionality and improve training outcomes. Gait and waist motions always contain massive personnel information and it is feasible to extract these data via wearable electronics for identification and healthcare based on the Internet of Things (IoT). There also remains a demand to develop a cost‐effective human‐machine interface to enhance the immersion during the long‐term rehabilitation. Meanwhile, triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) revealing its merits in both wearable electronics and IoT tends to be a possible solution. Herein, the authors present wearable TENG‐based devices for gait analysis and waist motion capture to enhance the intelligence and performance of the lower‐limb and waist rehabilitation. Four triboelectric sensors are equidistantly sewed onto a fabric belt to recognize the waist motion, enabling the real‐time robotic manipulation and virtual game for immersion‐enhanced waist training. The insole equipped with two TENG sensors is designed for walking status detection and a 98.4% identification accuracy for five different humans aiming at rehabilitation plan selection is achieved by leveraging machine learning technology to further analyze the signals. Through a lower‐limb rehabilitation robot, the authors demonstrate that the sensory system performs well in user recognition, motion monitoring, as well as robot and gaming‐aided training, showing its potential in IoT‐based smart healthcare applications.

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