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Washing Reliability of Painted, Embroidered, and Electro-textile Wearable RFID Tags

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2017 Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium - Fall (PIERS - FALL)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-1211-8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

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ISSN (Electronic)1559-9450


ConferenceProgress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium
Period1/01/00 → …


In this paper, we present textile antennas fabricated for wearable RFID applications by cutting from commercially available electro-textile, by sewing with conductive thread, and by painting with conductive paint on a 100% cotton fabric. The ready tags with attached ICs are coated with a protective encapsulant. The wireless performance of the tags is evaluated initially, after moisture testing in tap water, and after five washing cycles in a household washing machine. The initial read ranges of the electro-textile, embroidered, and painted tags are around 10, 6, and 4 meters, respectively. Based on the reliability testing results, the coating protects the components from moisture but the mechanical stress during washing cycles has a major effect on the tags' reliability.

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