Scientists Develop Health-Monitoring Clothes Called “Phyjamas”

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The technological world is rushing with an alarming pace developing everyday apparels and accessories that focus on healthcare. With the usher of Smartwatches, researchers have developed a physiological sensing textile called “phyjama”.

Scientists predict that in the future, electronically activated garments will be part of the everyday life that will monitor the health and also respiratory system rhythm during sleep. While researchers at Massachusetts Amherst have developed a revolutionary product.

Two graduate students Ali Kiaghadi and S. Zohreh Homayounfar, with Trisha L. Andrew, a material chemist along with Computer Scientist Deepak Ganeshan will introduce the product at UbiComp 2019 Conference this week. They will publish a paper in Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT).

The team explained that generally smart textiles are hard to wear as, during sleeping, various pressure from the body can press embedded sensors and interrupt the functioning of the product. They went on explaining that these body signals are difficult to read but can be monitored intelligently to get “accurate composite reading”

Talking about the development, Mr. Ganeshan and his colleagues explained that there was no exiting fabric-based method. Thus, they had to design a “new fabric-based pressure sensor and combined that with a triboelectric sensor—one activated by a change in physical contact—to develop a distributed sensor suite that could be integrated into loose-fitting clothing like pajamas”

The Director of UMass Amherst’s Institute of Applied Life Sciences[IALS] says “The data generated by fabric-based sensors have the potential to improve health and well-being, and could possibly contribute to the early diagnosis of multiple disorders.” This explains that smartwatches can be forgotten by the ideal population but sleepwear is an integral part of life and it’s easy to integrate life with technology.

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