Smart clothing is something that, with the advent of wearable technology, we are going to see a whole lot more of over the coming few years. Take for instance these knits that have been designed by Pauline van Dongen in cooperation with TU Eindhoven & Textiel Museum. The design is called Vigour and it is a well knitted cardigan with knit stretch sensors, which can continually monitor the wearer’s movement.
The gathered data will be able to be sent via a mobile app, which can then be used by patients, therapists, doctors and caregivers to monitor and watch the rehabilitation process of the user. Currently there is very little detail that is available on the app and explicitly how the garment is going be used in rehabilitation. IT is of interest to note, however that people are thing outside the box, when it comes to wearables. This is a soft, knitted design, not some piece of plastic. It shows promise of things to come: the movement away from devices to actual wearable garments.
Would you be able to tell whether or not the clothes were used for medical tech purposes? With some of these new designs, I doubt I could.
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