May 6, 2008

Clothes that can track your health

Clothes that can keep track of your health may soon enter the market. To date, developments in this field were just restricted to measuring a wearer's body temperature, electro-cardiogram, electromyogram, breath rhythm, etc, mainly, to detect cardiovascular risk. A new European project BIOTEX has plans of weaving new functions into these smart textiles. It aims at developing dedicated biochemical-sensing techniques compatible with integration into textile that is comfortable and safe to the wearer. Miniaturised biosensors in a textile patch will analyse body fluids, even a tiny drop of sweat, and provide a much better assessment of someone's health. There will be several sensors embedded within the fabric, constantly monitoring your vital signs. If danger signs are detected, the garment will be programmed to contact your doctor – and send a text message telling you to take it easy.



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