T-shirt that measures a patient’s vital signs

by Paz

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This is a cotton t-shirt with a difference. It has smart sensors inside the fabric that can monitor the wearer’s vital signals such as temperature, heart rate and whether or not they are moving.

The possible medical applications are infinite, but interestingly enough research work on the project was funded by the US military.  

The cotton fabric used to make the t-shirt is woven with conductive fibres that are sensitive to the wearer’s motion and temperature.

A micro controller embedded in the t-shirt digitises the signals and transmits them via a wireless connection to a remote back-end system for real-time monitoring. The technology used in the t-shirt took 5 years to develop and was funded in its early years by the Department of Defense, presumably because of the huge costs involved.

T shirt schematicMedical applications of the t-shirt include the monitoring of outpatients with chronic illnesses, elderly patients, and perhaps babies judged to be at risk from SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome. 

Other applications might include the monitoring of emergency service workers such as police officers and fire service workers, and field testing will start later this year.

There’s no price tag available for the t-shirt, but you’ll be happy to know that they are washable – though I doubt very much if you can iron them though!

The SmartShirt from Sensatex. Found via Med Gadget. 


4 reviews or comments

mike Says: May 30, 2006 at 11:57 pm

good, and get hit by lightning too.

When medical gadgets go wrong » Coolest Gadgets Says: June 28, 2006 at 2:19 pm

[...] We’re great fans of medGadget and have featured a few medical innovations such as the handheld excimer laser, and the t-shirt that measures the wearer’s vital signs. [...]

A passion for gadgets could be due to your DNA » Coolest Gadgets Says: July 12, 2006 at 2:20 pm

[...] Later on, I uncovered another class of people who used gadgets to vastly improve their quality of life, with examples including a t-shirt that measures life signs, a migraine zapping gadget, and another gadget that enables blind people to “see” by hearing. [...]

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