Researchers from mobile network NTT Docomo and materials creator Toray have produced a fabric that can monitor a person's heart rate.
The collaboration has resulted in Hitoe, a material that contains nanofibers capable of monitoring your vitals. The fabric -- which in Japanese means "one layer" -- has postage stamp-sized, light nanofiber squares embedded that collect physical data. If used in a sportswear shirt, for example, these sensors track heart rate, and send that data to a smartphone application.
NTT Docomo is already known for developing health-based apps for mobile devices, and although the obvious application for such technology is athletics -- where heart rate information can give wearers a useful way to measure their performance -- the carrier is also considering the development of pyjamas and other items of clothing.
For wearers with conditions or illnesses that need to be kept in check around the clock, a way to constantly monitor a heart rate in an unobtrusive fashion is another tool healthcare professionals could add to their arsenal.
The sensors are apparently washing machine-proof.
Via: Huffington Post
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