Smart Clothes for Rehabilitation Context: Technical and Technological Issues

  • Gabriela Postolache
  • Hélder Carvalho
  • André Catarino
  • Octavian Adrian PostolacheEmail author
Part of the Smart Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation book series (SSMI, volume 22)


Smart clothes have the potential to improve rehabilitation processes by allowing clinicians to gather measures on patients’ functional capacity, activity level, exercise compliance, the effectiveness of treatment, and the ability of patients to perform efficiently specific motor tasks at rehabilitation centers, at home or in community settings. The chapter provides an overview of smart clothing for health monitoring and healthcare, mainly for rehabilitation context. We present recent advances in the field of researches related smart clothes with capability of human body vital functions (i.e. heart beats, respiration) and activity monitoring, as well as several commercial smart clothes for rehabilitation context. Technical and technological issues related smart clothes design and development, and several directions for future research are also presented. Manufacturability, connectivity, integrations of things for smart clothing, durability, testing, wearability, maintainability and affordability of smart clothes are discussed.


E-textiles Smart clothing Health monitoring Rehabilitation context 



The work was supported by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia project: TailorPhy—Smart Sensors and Tailored Environments for Physiotherapy PTDC/DTP-DES/6776/2014, by Instituto de Telecomunicações, and FEDER funds through the Competitivity Factors Operational Programme—COMPETE and by national funds through FCT-Foundation for Science and Technology within the scope of the project POCI-01-0145-FEDER-007136.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriela Postolache
    • 1
  • Hélder Carvalho
    • 2
  • André Catarino
    • 2
  • Octavian Adrian Postolache
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto de Medicina MolecularUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Departamento de Engenharia TêxtilUniversidade de MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  3. 3.Instituto de Telecomunicações and ISCTE-IULLisbonPortugal

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