In cardiac tissue engineering, the use of bioreactors is fundamental for applying controlled mechanical stimuli on cells and recreate a physiological environment for cardiomyocyte cultures. This work is focused on the design of a sensorized Squeeze Pressure bioreactor (SQPR 3.0) able to apply a periodic contactless hydrodynamic pressure on tissue constructs. This system was then tested with H2c9, a murine cardiomyoblast cell line, to investigate the effect of different stimulation times (2h, 24h, 30h) on cell shape and cardiotypic marker expression.
This paper presents a kinesthetic glove realized with knitted piezoresistive fabric (KPF) sensor technology. The glove forefinger area is sensorized by two KPF goniometers obtained on the same piezoresistive substrate. The piezoresistive textile is used for the realization of both electrogoniometers and connections, thus avoiding mechanical constraints due to metallic wires. Sensors are characterized in comparison with commercial goniometers. The glove behavior is pointed out in terms of methacarpal-phalangeal and interphalangeal joint movement reconstruction.