MCET is Awarded Patent for Wearable Technology

In the dynamic landscape of technological advancement, milestones often come in the form of patents—symbols of innovation and dedication that propel companies to the forefront of their industries. Recently, MCET Technologies has built on our pioneering research in wearable technology by being awarded another groundbreaking patent, solidifying our position as a leader in piezoresistive sensors and carbon nanotube technology.

At the heart of this patent lies a revolutionary innovation that promises to redefine standards and revolutionize the way human motion analysis is conducted. The innovation addresses critical challenges in measuring human movement dynamics, offering a holistic solution that promises increased observability of patient orthopedic recovery and more efficient patient healing times.  

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Interest in the development of flexible pressure sensors has grown in recent years for applications in the field of human motion analysis, soft robotics, human-machine inter­facing, gesture recognition, and orthotics/prosthetics. The ability to measure the movement of a body part or a particular joint creates the opportunity to provide feedback or intervention to improve mobility or prevent injury.  However, space constraints and weight limitations make the use of many conventional pressure sensors difficult for these appli­cations. Pressure sensors developed recently leverage piezo­electric and triboelectric sensing mechanisms. 

MCET is designing an alternative approach that utilizes flexible, wearable sensors integrated into elastic (i.e. "stretchable") garments. Drapability of fabrics-the ability to conform to any shape-makes them suitable for flexible sensors that can be integrated into garments or directly attached to the skin (of the garments). 

Unlike a typical metallic strain gage where the resistance changes due to dimensional changes, piezoresistive flexible wearable sensors have been developed using different nano­ materials and innovative micro/nanostructures. For resistive wearable sensors, the change in resistance is mainly due to the tunneling effect between conductive particles and the disconnection of contact points between conductive rein­forcements.

Conclusion/next steps

In conclusion, the acquisition of this patent is not just a triumph for MCET Technologies.  It represents a significant advancement in the industry. The technology is a testament to human ingenuity, perseverance, and the unwavering belief in the power of ideas. As this patent paves the way for a new era of possibilities, it stands as a beacon, guiding the industry towards a future where innovation continues to drive progress and change.  

MCET is diligently working to develop this technology and the inventors are currently working with the University of Delaware and NSF on a grant award that covers this application.  

Contact us if you want to learn more about the technology.

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