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1. WO2016109744 - CAPTEURS, INTERFACES ET SYSTÈMES DE CAPTEUR POUR LA COLLECTE DE DONNÉES ET LA SURVEILLANCE INTÉGRÉE D’ÉTATS AU NIVEAU OU À PROXIMITÉ DE SURFACES DE CORPS

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We Claim:

1. A sensor system comprising a non-electrically conductive substrate having at least one sensor associated therewith, the at least one sensor being in electrical communication with at least one electrically conductive trace that terminates at or in proximity to a signal transfer terminal, and a dedicated electronic device (DED) having signal receipt terminals that mate with signal transfer terminals and a housing component, wherein the at least one sensor is a conductive or resistive e-textile sensor and the DED comprises a device selected from the group consisting of: an accelerometer; a gyroscope; an orientation sensing component; a location sensing component; an inertial measurement unit (IMU); a magnetometer; and a temperature sensor.

2. The sensor system of claim 1, wherein the DED comprises an inertial measurement unit (IMU).

3. The sensor system of claim 1, wherein the DED housing component is detachably mountable to the substrate to provide mating of signal transfer terminals and signal receipt terminals of the DED.

4. The sensor system of claim 1, additionally comprising at least one conductive bridge providing electrical contact between the at least one trace and the at least one signal transfer terminal.

5. The sensor system of claim 4, wherein the at least one conductive bridge is fabricated from conductive thread or fabric applied to the non-electrically conductive substrate at a location in proximity to a termination of the at least one electrically conductive trace.

6. The sensor system of claim 4, wherein the at least one conductive bridge is fabricated from a conductive thermoplastic elastomer or a conductive ink or a conductive metallic material.

7. The sensor system of claim 1, wherein the signal transfer terminal is mounted to a non-electrically conductive tab and the non-electrically conductive tab is mounted to the substrate.

8. The sensor system of claim 7, wherein at least one conductive bridge fabricated from a conductive thermoplastic elastomer or a conductive metallic material is mounted to the non-electrically conductive tab.

9. The sensor system of claim 7, wherein the non-electrically conductive tab comprises a band portion having the at least one exposed signal transfer terminal and a DED receipt cavity sized and configured to receive the DED housing component.

10. The sensor system of claim 7, wherein the at least one trace terminates at a trace termination, the non-electrically conductive tab comprises a band portion having at least one signal receipt contact configured and aligned to interface with the trace termination and a DED receiving portion having a plurality of signal transfer contacts communicating with the at least one signal receipt contact.

11. The sensor system of claim 1, wherein the at least one electrically conductive trace is fabricated from a conductive thermoplastic elastomer or a conductive ink or a conductive metallic material.

12. The sensor system of any of claims 1-11, wherein the non-electrically conductive substrate is a garment.

13. The sensor system of claim 12, wherein the garment is selected from the group consisting of: a shirt; underwear; leggings; a footie; a sock; a glove; a cap; a sleeve; a body band; a brassiere; shorts; pants; a body suit; and a leotard.

14. The sensor system of any of claims 1-11, wherein the non-electrically conductive substrate is associated with an insole; a shoe; a boot; a belt; a strap; a wrap; a bandage; a wound dressing; a sheet; a pad; a cushion; or sporting equipment.

15. The sensor system of any of claims 1-11, wherein the at least one sensor provides data relating to force exerted against specific sensor locations.

16. The sensor system of any of claims 1-11, wherein the at least one sensor provides data relating to the location and magnitude of impact forces exerted against the sensors.

17. The sensor system of claim 16, wherein the non-electrically conductive substrate is a sock.

18. A sensor system comprising: a non-electrically conductive substrate having a plurality of sensors associated therewith, each of the sensors being in electrical communication with at least one electrically conductive trace that terminates at or in proximity to a trace termination; a mounting tab having a band portion and a dedicated electronic device (DED) receiving portion associated with the substrate, the band portion having a plurality of signal receipt contacts configured and aligned to interface with the trace terminations and the DED receiving portion having a plurality of signal transfer contacts communicating with the signal receipt contacts; and a dedicated electronic device (DED) having signal receipt terminals that mate with the signal transfer contacts in the DED receiving portion and a housing component sized and configured to be detachably received in the DED receiving portion of the mounting tab.

19. The sensor system of claim 18, comprising at least one sensor selected from the following: a conductive electrode; a conductive e-textile sensor; a resistive e-textile sensor; a pressure or force sensor; a temperature sensor; a galvanic skin response sensor; a moisture sensor; a heart rate sensor; a respiration sensor; an electromyography sensor; a blood gas content sensor; a skin conductivity sensor; an accelerometer; a gyroscope; and a location or position sensor.

20. The sensor system of claim 18, wherein the DED comprises a device selected from the group consisting of: an accelerometer; a gyroscope; an orientation sensing component; a location sensing component; an inertial measurement unit (IMU); a magnetometer; and a temperature sensor.

21. The sensor system of claim 18, wherein the DED signal receipt terminals comprise spring-loaded terminals.

22. The sensor system of claim 18, wherein the DED housing component has an exterior surface member displaying visual indicators.

23. The sensor system of claim 18, wherein the DED housing component has an exterior surface member displaying user interface features.

24. A sensor system comprising a substantially non-electrically conductive substrate and at least one sensor associated with the substrate, the at least one sensor being in electrical communication with at least one electrically conductive trace that terminates at or in proximity to a trace termination location, additionally comprising a conductive bridge associated with the substrate at the trace termination location.

25. The sensor system of claim 23, wherein the substantially non-electrically conductive substrate is a sock.

26. The sensor system of claim 23, comprising at least one sensor selected from the following: a conductive electrode; a conductive e-textile sensor; a resistive e-textile sensor; a pressure or force sensor; a temperature sensor; a galvanic skin response sensor; a moisture sensor; a heart rate sensor; a respiration sensor; an electromyography sensor; a blood gas content sensor; a skin conductivity sensor; an accelerometer; a gyroscope; and a location or position sensor.

27. The sensor system of claim 26, wherein each electrically conductive trace is fabricated from a conductive thermoplastic elastomer or a conductive ink or a conductive metallic material.

28. A sensor system comprising a substantially non-electrically conductive substrate, at least one sensor associated with the substrate, the at least one sensor being in electrical communication with at least one electrically conductive trace that terminates at a trace termination, and a mounting tab having a band portion and a dedicated electronic device (DED) receiving portion associated with the substrate, the band portion having at least one signal receipt contact interfacing with the trace termination and the DED receiving portion having a plurality of signal transfer contacts communicating with the at least one signal receipt contact.

29. The sensor system of claim 28, wherein the substantially non-electrically conductive substrate is a sock.

30. The sensor system of claim 28, comprising at least one sensor selected from the following: a conductive electrode; a conductive e-textile sensor; a resistive e-textile sensor; a pressure or force sensor; a temperature sensor; a galvanic skin response sensor; a moisture sensor; a heart rate sensor; a respiration sensor; an electromyography sensor; a blood gas content sensor; a skin conductivity sensor; an accelerometer; a gyroscope; and a location or position sensor.

31. A dedicated electronic device (DED) sized and configured to be detachably received in a DED receiving portion of a mounting tab associated with a substrate, the DED having signal receipt terminals that mate with signal transfer contacts in a DED receiving portion and housing at least one device selected from the group consisting of: an accelerometer; a gyroscope; an orientation sensing component; a location sensing component; an inertial measurement unit (IMU); a magnetometer; and a temperature sensor.

32. A woven or knit substrate having a visually-coded weave or knit pattern, whereby weave or knit patterns exhibiting contrasting colors, textures, or the like compared to those used in other areas of the substrate indicate the location of sensors, electronic or electrical components to be associated with the woven or knit substrate.

33. A method for identifying the location of a sensor, electronic or electrical component to be associated with a woven or knit substrate, comprising providing a visually contrasting weave or knit pattern on the substrate at the intended location for sensors, electronic or electrical components.