Kelsey Kunkel BME 281 Section 1 October 10
October 10th, 2012
Smart Textiles: Wearable devices that allow
the efficiency of gathering data with ease and
accessibility by using biotelemetry and its
Biotelemetry is the process of measuring
human physiological functions by a mean of
Early 1990s: MIT students started research
on smart clothing for military use.
Not wearable and very cumbersome to move
1998: Beginning of the integration between
fashion and technology – most notably by
Levi and Phillips Electronics.
2001-present: Started to integrate medical
uses into clothing.
Life Shirt by Vivometrics
If heart palpitations or an alarming rhythm
of the heart is detected, the vest gives a signal to
If the signal is not stopped by the patient, then the
defibrillator gives off the conducting gel, then sending a
shock to the patient.
Places ECG sensors on the body, which
then the data is transmitted to the data
recorder, which is then transmitted to the doctor.
Sensatex Smart Shirt
Developed by Georgia Institute of Technology
T-shirt with a fiber grid – data is then wirelessly
transferred to a PDA with Bluetooth technology.
Limitations of Current
Can it be worn in the water for continual use? Can
it be worn in the rain?
Is it covered by insurance?
If it is, are there additional costs that need to be
Under FDA law, medical devices must go under
calibration to pass government requirements.
Weather proof and waterproof systems
Possibly smart textiles that can be worn outside the comfort
of the home.
Wireless transmitters that can collect data even
outside 4G (Bluetooth) areas.
Smart Textiles for children
Data can be sent to doctor via smart phone application
or tablet application
The doctor can collect data in real time.
Integration of other fabric materials that could help
Yarn, spandex material for exercise clothing
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