October 26, 2011
Wearable fabrics with embedded electronics that can collect, store, send and receive information
John Volakis, the director of the ElectroScience Laboratory at Ohio State University is working on “smart textiles”: wearable fabrics with embedded electronics that can collect, store, send and receive information. They could be used in military apparel, everyday t-shirts, or hospital gowns.
... An antenna hospital gown could transmit data like heart rates to a health professional’s computer. Such wireless monitoring could be used not only in hospitals, but also in people’s houses, to remotely keep tabs on the sick and elderly while they move about unencumbered.
[via The New York Times]
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-- Antennas in Your Clothes? New Design Could Pave the Way - Ohio State University researchers are finding ways to incorporate radio antennas directly into clothing, using plastic film and metallic thread.
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