Apparatus for measurement of forces and pressures applied to a garment

  • US 5,471,405 A
  • Filed: 07/11/1994
  • Issued: 11/28/1995
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/13/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
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1. A garment comprising, in combination:

  • at least one individual force sensor physically connected to said garment for sensing each application of force applied to said sensor and for generating a force signal representative of said each application of force to said sensor;

    processing means disposed on said garment for processing each said force signal so as to produce a time and intensity profile of said force signal, said profile being characterized in having at least three discrete time segments, and for representing each of said segments of said profile by a value selected from a coded series of reference values, said segments including an attack segment representative of the parameters of the initial application of said force to said garment;

    a sustain segment representative of the parameters of the continued application of said force to said garment, and a release segment representative of the parameters of the diminution and termination of the force applied to said garment;

    means for transmitting said selected values of said coded series of reference values; and

    means for receiving and decoding the transmitted selected values of said coded series of reference values to recover time and intensity information therefrom for analysis of the physical performance of a wearer of said garment.

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