Japanese-Developed "Smart Cloth" Can Monitor Your Heart Rate via Nanofibers

Japanese-Developed "Smart Cloth" Can Monitor Your Heart Rate via Nanofibers

Japanese companies Toray and NTT Docomo have collaborated on a a cloth that uses nanofibers that can offer metrics resembling a cardiogram.

Last week, we reported on a Japanese-developed bra that only opens when someone is "in love." Now, two other Japanese companies are doing something with clothing that's a lot more practical. Japanese mobile service provider NTT Docomo and materials developer Toray have been working on a joint effort to produce "Hitoe" a cloth that has Toray-developed nanofibers that are coated in a transmittable covering. In the video, you can see it as the little square cloth that looks like a nicotine patch. Using two of the cloths, they will act as electrodes which can measure a person's heartbeat and even offer metrics resembling a cardiogram.

Once the patches has been connected to NTT Docomo's health app available on its smartphones, a user can then use the heart rate sensor and see the results on their phones. Those curious, the small sensors can be thrown into a washing machine, and is said to be flexible and lightweight.

This might come in handy for medical purposes, the health conscious or even for athletes where your heart rate is monitored. Hopefully, further developments make it look a little bit less chunky, but otherwise, wearable "smart clothes" is just right on the horizon.

Source: Engadget

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interesting to see what they probably wore under their armour in aliens

wombat_of_war:
interesting to see what they probably wore under their armour in aliens

This type of tech could also be useful for those with weak hearts or heart conditions. This would allow doctors and medical services to be able to respond to any early sign of failure. This would help a lot of lives who are always worried about their heart giving out without any help nearby

"This might come in handy for medical purposes, the health conscious or even for athletes where your heart rate is monitored."

In the future, the NSA knows when and where you get off, and your health insurance is mysteriously declined or price hiked over undisclosed reasons because your t-shirts have been monitored. Yay!

You should check out V2V and V2I for more of these delicious new data sources. :D

Did they just cram a defibrillator kit into a shirt?

This will be something the military puts in armor too I bet. Be able to tell if someone is dying on the field or not able to keep going.

 

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