A friend once told us that her younger sister used an ECG cap and was called E.T. because of it. While it was family and clearly a verbal love tap, it mirrored a bigger issue with current monitoring technology: it can be ugly and conspicuous. Enter wearable technology…once again!
Wearable technology has made noteable progress toward discretely integrated sensors into clothing but have not mastered the art and science for medical purposes. TecInTex, a research program at Nano-Tera is attempting to bridge the gap between theory and a realistic product. The goal of their research is to develop a group of functional fibers with sensors that can measure body functions like continuous ECG monitoring, gather that information by being close to the body, production of the garments and prototypes for medical purposes.
Our vote: yay wearables, boo mean kids!