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MIT engineers create a new type of sensory tissue
- April 28, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, a talented team of chemical engineering specialists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented to the public their new development of unique body-portable sensors that can effectively monitor various health indicators, including body temperature, heart rate, and sweating rate. However, it is worth clarifying that this is not so much about the sensors themselves, but about the new platform of such devices as a whole, since the team focused primarily on creating such a clothing fabric that could easily integrate various sensors and sensors for a comfortable and accurate tracking of health indicators.
As a result of long and painstaking work, the specialists managed to present a rather curious concept of sensory fabric, which in many respects copies the properties of ordinary cotton, used for making clothes and accessories – but unlike cotton, the new fabric is not electrically active, but only plays the role of a passive conductor for the sensor system built into it. This allows you to achieve several goals at once – firstly, to provide carriers with a high level of comfort and convenience, since such a fabric is completely invisible to the tactile surface of the skin, and secondly, to provide truly accurate monitoring of various health indicators in all situations and moments.
Given the fact that more traditional clothing sensors in one way or another require additional electric charge from the outside, it becomes clear that this development may become the most effective and promising in terms of application in various medical institutions and even at home.
So far, of course, it is too early to talk about creating a fully finished commercial form of this prototype, but taking into account the current successes of the team of development engineers from MIT, few doubt that they will be able to implement something interesting and incredible in their capabilities. So far, specialists are busy in the last stage of testing a new sensory tissue, and the fate of a future commercial prototype actually depends on the results of this testing.