Monday, June 11, 2007

Smart Clothes to Monitor Health

If you ever played the tabletop RPG Cyberpunk, you remember the many health monitoring devices you could purchase for your character that were built into the clothes. Well, that dark future is now.

European scientists are developing "intelligent textiles" which have built-in sensors to monitor things such as sweat and blood. Termed the Biotex program, it includes members of eight institutions, and a prototype multi-sensor test patch is already under development.

Researchers hope the smart clothes will be worn by recovering patients, injured athletes, and people undergoing intense training (such as astronauts).

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