Smart clothing for an e-age health

We are fast entering the world of smart clothing. Researchers from the University of South Australia have already made some significant inroads in this direction. They have developed a garment with integrated electronic technology, which enables it to monitor the wearer’s cardiac and respiratory functions, without the tangle of any wires. That’s not all. These garments are able to download the monitored data onto a computer in the wardrobe; a wardrobe where these smart garments are being kept, after they are being placed on electronic hangers. This does way with the apprehension of losing data while the smart garment is being cleaned and washed. After cleaning, these smart clothes can be recharged for wearing again. This technological innovation may pave in for revolution in cardiac care and eventually replace the expensive heart monitoring equipments, for the infrastructure needed for operating these smart clothes is only wireless connectivity, and blue tooth or zigbee network. In the long run, smart clothing does have the potential to address home outpatient care or helping the people with dementia to lead an independent life, with minimum intervention.


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