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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs


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On the interior of the fabric, you can see the electronic parts that touch the skin.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have come up with a way of building sensors into fabric to make clothing that monitor its wearer.

Credit: Canan Dagdeviren et al

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs such as temperature, respiration, and heart rate.

The sensors are long, flexible strips encased in epoxy, then woven into narrow channels in the fabric.

The team designed a prototype shirt with 30 temperature sensors and an accelerometer to measure the wearer's movements, heart rate, and breathing rate; the garment transmits data wirelessly to a smartphone.

The researchers tested prototype shirts on wearers exercising in a gym, monitoring their bodies’ changes in temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate.

Said MIT’s Canan Dagdeviren, "Through this kind of data collection, I think doctors can make better assessments and help their patients in a better way."

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