Health Monitoring Via Clothing

Canadian researchers have come up with "smart textiles" that can monitor a persons' vital signs, opening up the possibility of wearable systems without having to to be hooked up with wires and bracelets. An interesting concept, and one could see applications for elderly users in particular, where just by wearing an item they could provide useful information on their physical status.
“The fiber acts as both sensor and antenna. It is durable but malleable, and can be woven with wool or cotton, and signal quality is comparable to commercial antennas,” explained Professor Younes Messaddeq at Universit√© Laval’s Faculty of Science and Engineering and Centre for Optics, Photonics and Lasers.
“The surface of the fiber can also be adjusted to monitor a range of information, such as glucose levels, heart rhythm, brain activity, movements, and spatial coordinates.”

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