Temperature adaptive clothing cools and heats accordingly

UC San Diego professor Joseph Wang continues to revolutionize health focused wearable technology.  ApplySci recently described his totally noninvasive glucose monitoring tattoo, and his bio-ink pen for self monitoring. Professor Wang is now developing clothes with integrated sensors that enable them to heat or cool wearers.  He believes this can  reduce energy costs by regulating …

Heart monitoring t-shirt

Imec and Holst Centre researchers have developed a smart t-shirt that monitors heart rate, heart rate variability, activities performed and calories burned.  The data is shared via the cloud to a user or doctor’s phone, tablet or computer. The fabric contains miniaturized electronic modules with high accuracy and ultra-low power multi-sensor data acquisition chips. Processing, battery …

Heat sensitive sock detects diabetic circulation issues

Kent State University researchers have developed a fabric that can be turned into a sensor sock for diabetics. The liquid crystal in the  prototype sock changes color depending on body temperature.  Inflammation, swelling and infection cause an increase in temperature, and poor circulation causes a decrease in temperature.  This is a simple way to detect …

Flexible, wearable, disposable pulse oximeter

Conventional pulse oximeters use LEDs to send red and infrared light through one’s fingertip or earlobe. Bright, oxygen-rich blood absorbs more infrared light, and darker, oxygen-poor blood absorbs more red light. The ratio of the two wavelengths, determined by sensors, reveals how much oxygen is in the blood. Berkeley professor Ana Clauda Arias has built pulse oximeter …

Printable, multi-touch sensors consumers can cut with scissors

http://embodied.mpi-inf.mpg.de/files/2012/11/ACuttableMultiTouchSensor.pdf Max Planck Institute researchers and the MIT Media Lab have developed printable, multi-touch sensors that are printed with e-ink and can be cut with scissors.  A new circuit layout makes it robust against cuts, damage, and removed areas.  By customizing and pasting such a sensor, one can make every surface interactive, including the wristband …