FutureWatch: Smart T-shirt monitors vital signs remotely

image of Nuubo T-shirt

This shirt can remotely assess a patient's vital signs. It also has an alarming system and an accelerometer that measures peoples speed and activity. (image by Gizmag/Ben Coxworth)

Scientists in Spain created an “Intelligent T-Shirt” that can monitor a person’s heart rate, temperature and activity levels, according to this article in International Business Times. It’s made of smart fabrics that are machine washable.

The shirt has electrodes embedded in the fabric that detect bioelectrical power like a beating heart, and a removable thermometer & accelerometer are used to measure body temperature and speed of activities like walking and breathing.

Researchers plan to add additional sensors and wireless transceivers over time. Transmitters located at various places within a hospital could then track patient movement and locate their whereabouts.

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