Fiber-optic based smart textiles for real-time monitoring of breathing rate

Aizhan Issatayeva, Aidana Beisenova, Daniele Tosi, Carlo Molardi

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Wearable light textiles are gaining widespread interest in application for measurement and monitoring of biophysical parameters. Fiber optic sensors, in particular Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors, can be a competitive method for monitoring of respiratory behavior for chest and abdomen regions since the sensors are able to convert physical movement into wavelength shift. This study aims to show the performance of elastic belts with integrated optical fibers during the breathing activities done by two volunteers. Additionally, the work aims to determine how the positions of the volunteers affect the breathing pattern detected by optical fibers. As a reference, commercial mobile application for sensing vibration is used. The obtained results show that the FBGs are able to detect chest and abdomen movements during breathing and consequently reconstruct the breathing pattern. The accuracy of the results varies for two volunteers but remains consistent.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3408
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2 2020


  • Breathing pattern monitoring
  • Fiber Bragg Grating (FBG) sensors
  • Fiber optics
  • Respiration rate monitoring
  • Smart textile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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