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Radiation Sensor & Feedback Garment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243301D
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-18
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

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Abstract

A fully intuitive and unobtrusive solution for notifying a user when they are exposed to harmful radiation in real time and with cumulative dose information, implemented with woven circuitry, haptic feedback and semi-conductor radiation sensors.

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Radiation Sensor & Feedback Garment

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    A full body garment woven throughout with radiation sensors and micro-electrodes which communicates dangerous exposure via haptic feedback.

    By covering the whole body in both sensors and feedback points the user is given directional information and is made aware of the danger to all or (more significantly) part of their body if they approach/reach for/walk past a dangerous

object/area.

    Sensors can be changed to suit the application, detecting conventional harmful (alpha, beta, gamma) radiation in the most common application but also tuned to detect x-rays, microwaves for use in some medical or scientific lab contexts.

Use of a low-power microprocessor in the device allows the garment to track not only instantaneous exposure, but also cumulative dose to be reported to the user via total-body irritation.

    In the future, the addition of nano-crystals or future photonic meta-materials used in sensors may improve miniaturisation.

Sensors would provide immediate local tactile feedback in response to instantaneous radiation exposure rates, via a controlling microprocessor (or in the future possibly by use of passive woven meta-materials). Cumulative exposure is also tracked and communicated by increasing the charge/feedback level over the

whole body.

    Many radiation sensors currently exist in the market, these commonly take the form of a wearable badge/tag which changes colour when exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.

    These devices have the advantage of being easy to deploy and operate passively without obstructing normal mobility, however they have the several drawbacks: The user must remember to check the display, they lack directional information, detect radiation at only one location on the uhe disclosure provides a fully intuitive and unobtrusive way for a user to be notif...