Body Movement-Based Controlling Through Passive RFID Integrated into Clothing

Adnan Mehmood, Han He, Xiaochen Chen, Sari Merilampi, Lauri Sydänheimo, Leena Ukkonen, Johanna Virkki

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We present a passive ultra-high frequency (UHF) radiofrequency identification (RFID)-based strain sensor, which is designed for simple and efficient body movement monitoring. This RFID platform is fabricated from electro-textile materials and can thus be seamlessly integrated into our everyday clothing. The sensor platform has an integrated reference tag, in order to avoid the effects of reflections or external disturbances on the sensor tag performance. This sensor platform prototype has an on-body read range of 1 meter in a normal office environment with an off-the-shelf RFID reader. The wireless performance of the sensor tag has a significant change caused by arm elongation. Thus, the sensor functionality can be based on variation of the sensor tag's backscattered power percentage (P %). Based on the preliminary results achieved in this study, this passive and cost-effective sensor platform could be an efficient future way to turn human gestures into inputs for digital devices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414 - 419
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Radio Frequency Identification
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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