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Conformable, low level light therapy platform

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Well-being applications demand unobtrusive treatment methods in order to reach user acceptance. In the field of light therapy this needs to be carefully addressed because, in most cases, light treatment system size has to be significant with respect to human body scale. At the same time we observe the push to make wearable devices that deliver the treatment “on the go”. Once scaled up, standard flexible electronics (FPC) fail to conform to body curvatures leading to decrease in comfort. A solution to this problem demands new or modified methods for fabrication of the electronic circuits that fulfill the conformability demand (flexing, but also stretching). Application of Stretchable Molded Interconnect (SMI) technology, that attempts to address these demands, will be discussed. The unique property of SMI is that its manufacturing draws mainly from standard PCB and FCB technologies to inherit the reliability and conductivity. At the same time, however, it allows soft, flexible and stretchable circuits with biomimetic haptics and high optical efficiency. In this work a demonstrator device for blue light therapy of RSI is presented that illustrates the strengths as well as challenges ahead of conformable light circuits. We report system electro-optical efficiency, possible irradiance levels within skin thermal comfort and efficiency under cyclic, tensile stretching deformation.
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BLUE-LIGHT, Stretchable interconnect, LLLT, PHOTOTHERAPY, RSI, Blue light treatment, Light therapy, Wearable electronics, Meandered interconnect, SMI, Biomimetic circuit, PDMS

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Jablonski, Michal, Frederick Bossuyt, Jan Vanfleteren, Thomas Vervust, and Herbert De Smet. 2014. “Conformable, Low Level Light Therapy Platform.” In Proceedings of SPIE, ed. J J, VV Tuchin, DL Matthews, and FS Pavone. Vol. 9129. SPIE.
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Jablonski, M., Bossuyt, F., Vanfleteren, J., Vervust, T., & De Smet, H. (2014). Conformable, low level light therapy platform. In J. J, V. Tuchin, D. Matthews, & F. Pavone (Eds.), Proceedings of SPIE (Vol. 9129). Presented at the Conference on Biophotonics - Photonic Solutions for Better Health Care IV, SPIE.
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Jablonski M, Bossuyt F, Vanfleteren J, Vervust T, De Smet H. Conformable, low level light therapy platform. In: J J, Tuchin V, Matthews D, Pavone F, editors. Proceedings of SPIE. SPIE; 2014.
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Jablonski, Michal, Frederick Bossuyt, Jan Vanfleteren, et al. “Conformable, Low Level Light Therapy Platform.” Proceedings of SPIE. Ed. J J et al. Vol. 9129. SPIE, 2014. Print.
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  abstract     = {Well-being applications demand unobtrusive treatment methods in order to reach user acceptance. In the field of light therapy this needs to be carefully addressed because, in most cases, light treatment system size has to be significant with respect to human body scale. At the same time we observe the push to make wearable devices that deliver the treatment {\textquotedblleft}on the go{\textquotedblright}. Once scaled up, standard flexible electronics (FPC) fail to conform to body curvatures leading to decrease in comfort. A solution to this problem demands new or modified methods for fabrication of the electronic circuits that fulfill the conformability demand (flexing, but also stretching). Application of Stretchable Molded Interconnect (SMI) technology, that attempts to address these demands, will be discussed. The unique property of SMI is that its manufacturing draws mainly from standard PCB and FCB technologies to inherit the reliability and conductivity. At the same time, however, it allows soft, flexible and stretchable circuits with biomimetic haptics and high optical efficiency. In this work a demonstrator device for blue light therapy of RSI is presented that illustrates the strengths as well as challenges ahead of conformable light circuits. We report system electro-optical efficiency, possible irradiance levels within skin thermal comfort and efficiency under cyclic, tensile stretching deformation.},
  author       = {Jablonski, Michal and Bossuyt, Frederick and Vanfleteren, Jan and Vervust, Thomas and De Smet, Herbert},
  booktitle    = {Proceedings of SPIE},
  editor       = {J, J and Tuchin, VV and Matthews, DL and Pavone, FS },
  isbn         = {9781628410778},
  issn         = {0277-786X},
  keyword      = {BLUE-LIGHT,Stretchable interconnect,LLLT,PHOTOTHERAPY,RSI,Blue light treatment,Light therapy,Wearable electronics,Meandered interconnect,SMI,Biomimetic circuit,PDMS},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Brussels, Belgium},
  pages        = {12},
  publisher    = {SPIE},
  title        = {Conformable, low level light therapy platform},
  url          = {http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=1871466},
  volume       = {9129},
  year         = {2014},
}

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