Federico Carpi

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This paper describes the early conception and latest developments of electroactive polymer (EAP)-based sensors, actuators, electronic components, and power sources, implemented as wearable devices for smart electronic textiles (e-textiles). Such textiles, functioning as multifunctional wearable human interfaces, are today considered relevant promoters of(More)
Artificial sensory motor systems are now under development in a truly wearable form using an innovative technology based on electroactive polymers. The integration of electroactive polymeric materials into wearable garments endorses them with strain sensing and mechanical actuation properties. The methodology underlying the design of haptic garments has(More)
The use of robotic instruments capable of assisting medical staff during interventional or diagnostic procedures is growing rapidly today. Recently, a robotic system (Niobe, Stereotaxis Inc., USA) has been developed for navigating magnetically enabled tools inside the human body by controlling a magnetic field. This paper reports the fundamentals of this(More)
AIM To report original and review existing data on safety and performance of large-needle aspiration biopsy (LNAB) histology in the preoperative selection of palpable thyroid nodule. METHODS AND RESULTS The English literature and original data were reviewed or analysed. The literature on LNAB of thyroid nodules did not report any complications. A study on(More)
Electroactive polymer (EAP) actuators are electrically responsive materials that have several characteristics in common with natural muscles. Thus, they are being studied as 'artificial muscles' for a variety of biomimetic motion applications. EAP materials are commonly classified into two major families: ionic EAPs, activated by an electrically induced(More)
This paper presents a new type of contractile polymer-based electromechanical linear actuator. The device belongs to the class of dielectric elastomer actuators, which are typically capable of undergoing large deformations induced by an applied electric field. It is based on a novel helical configuration, suitable for the generation of electrically driven(More)
The dream of controlling and guiding computer-based systems using human brain signals has slowly but steadily become a reality. The available technology allows real-time implementation of systems that measure neuronal activity, convert their signals, and translate their output for the purpose of controlling mechanical and electronic systems. This paper(More)
Dielectric elastomer transducers consist of thin electrically insulating elastomeric membranes coated on both sides with compliant electrodes. They are a promising electromechanically active polymer technology that may be used for actuators, strain sensors, and electrical generators that harvest mechanical energy. The rapid development of this field calls(More)
Wireless endoscopic video capsules are becoming largely used today for non-invasive explorations of the digestive tube. Traditional types of such capsules present a major drawback: their motion can not be controlled, since they proceed by means of the visceral peristalsis only. In order to enable a wireless control of their motion, this paper describes a(More)
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) allows for comfortable video explorations of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, with special indication for the small bowel. In the other segments of the GI tract also accessible to probe gastroscopy and colonscopy, WCE still exhibits poorer diagnostic efficacy. Its main drawback is the impossibility of controlling the capsule(More)