Biotex programme "intelligent textiles"



God knows we’re not very good at keeping track of our own health as a species, so it’s a good thing science is bringing us smart clothes that will keep an eye on how we’re doing physically. The Biotex programme “intelligent textiles” are designed for recovering hospital patients, people with chronic illnesses and injured athletes, to monitor sweat acidity, salinity and perspiration rate. By tracking metabolic changes the expectation is that infections and relapses will generally be easier to catch before they become severe. It is expected that future versions will have military applications, to allow mobile hospitals to track battlefield injuries. [GT]

Smart clothes to monitor health

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