At MIT they have developed a type of sensors integrated into clothing that allow us to measure some vital parameters. With them, it is possible to take records of body temperature, breathing or heart rate. These sensors consist of bands encapsulated in a type of resin and placed in the narrow channels of the tissue. These channels have open parts, which allow the sensors to come into contact with the skin. This is how they obtain their data.
The team originally designed a shirt with 30 sensors built into the clothing. This they combined with an accelerometer that could measure the person’s movement, heart rate, and breathing. And all the information can be sent wirelessly to a smartphone. In order to make monitoring easy.
These sensors built into clothing can be machine washed with the garment. The goal is for them to be modified to suit each person. And it is that they have to stick to the body in order to collect the data. Its application can range from the simple recognition of personal health to medical purposes.
The use of garments of this type has already been raised in hospitals, in fact. In these centres, vital parameters must be strictly controlled on many occasions. But this task is done with equipment that needs to be connected to the body by cables. The use of sensors integrated into clothing would eliminate the use of these cables.
Sensors in tissues
The development of MIT is not the first. Nor will it be the last, in all probability. Well, this field is still under exploration. There are already some types of flexible sensors, prepared to withstand temperatures of up to 80 degrees and a weight of 70 kilos.
And the idea of connecting these sensors to the smartphone is not new either. This formula has been tried several times before. But the MIT development is based on a new material that allows clothes to be worn comfortably on a daily basis.