MIT created vital signs sensors embedded in clothing

Researchers at the famous MIT University have developed sensors that can be integrated into clothing to monitoring certain vital signs of patients from a distance.

Certain diseases require the monitoring, in real time, of certain vital signs in order to detect the onset of a problem at an early stage and, if necessary, to quickly refer the patient to a doctor. Wearing sensors on the body is however quite restrictive and impractical. Also, American researchers have developed sensors that can be directly integrated into clothing. Notably, these sensors can also be washed in the washing machine without any problem.. Explanations …

MIT develops sensors for clothing

The University of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is renowned for being at the forefront of technological research and proves it again. Researchers from the prestigious American university have indeed developed vital signs sensors that can be woven into snug, comfortable clothing. Shirts or t-shirts using such sensors could thus be used in the future to monitoring certain vital signs of patients.

Among the vital signs cited by MIT, we find in particular real-time monitoring of body temperature, respiratory rate or even heart rate. These clothes must be snug and tight to always be in contact with the patient’s body. Interestingly, these garments incorporating sensors are washable without damage and can even be placed in a washing machine. There are many potential uses for these smart health connected clothes. They can be used for follows sick people at health home or at the hospital but also astronauts or even athletes.

A unique and innovative technology

There are many types of sensors measuring vital signs that can be worn on a daily basis, some are even available on certain models of smart health connected watches. However, these are in the form of straps or plates which must be glued directly to the skin, which is more restrictive. In the case of the sensors developed by MIT, these are directly woven into the clothing and are very easy to use. Outwardly they look like any other garment. It is inside that the sensors are visible.

MIT Clothing sensors

Electronic sensors are made up of long flexible bands that are wrapped in epoxy and then woven into narrow channels in the fabric. These channels have small openings that allow the sensors to be exposed to the skin. For this study, the researchers designed a prototype shirt with 30 temperature sensors and an accelerometer that can measure the wearer’s movement, heart rate and respiratory rate. The garment can then transmit this data wirelessly to a smartphone.

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