This Smart T-shirt Monitors Your Breathing Rate In Real Time

Posted: May 19 2017, 7:27am CDT | by , Updated: May 19 2017, 8:53am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
This Smart T-shirt Monitors Your Breathing Rate in Real Time
Some mechanical and electromagnetic properties of the antenna are modified during inspiration, which makes it possible to determine the respiratory rate. The best results have been obtained when the antenna is deployed in the form of a spiral. Photo Credit:: Stepan Gorgutsa
  • Special T-Shirt with Built-In Intelligence can gauge Breathing Rate of Wearer
 

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A special T-shirt created by scientists with built-in intelligence can gauge the breathing rate of the wearer.

The experts of the Université Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers, have made a smart garment that can measure the rate of respiration in the wearer.

This step has led to the manufacturing of textiles that can gauge the breathing patterns of people and even detect any abnormality in their breathing rates. Individuals who have asthma, sleep apnea, COPD as well as newly born babies could reap the benefits from this T-shirt.

"Unlike other methods of measuring respiratory rate, the smart T shirt works without any wires, electrodes, or sensors attached to the user's body," said Younes Messaddeq, the professor who led the team that developed the technology.

"The T shirt is really comfortable and doesn't inhibit the subject's natural movements. Our tests show that the data captured by the shirt is reliable, whether the user is lying down, sitting, standing, or moving around."

An antenna is implanted at the chest region of this T-shirt. It is composed of a hollow optical fiber whose inner lining is made of silver. A polymer is deposited on the outer portion.

This antenna is both a sensor and a transmitter. The expansion and contraction of the thorax is gauged by this device in the T-shirt. The information from this is transferred to the wearer’s smartphone or computer.

Due to the movement of the person’s ribcage, some of the mechanical and electromagnetic properties of the antenna undergo transformation. The T-shirt does not even have to touch the chest for it to be functional.

No wires or electrodes are necessary in this T-shirt. It is a comfy T-shirt with plenty of elbow room inside it. Nobody needs to suffocate within this piece of special clothing.

This T-shirt monitors the breathing rate in real time. The information provided by this T-shirt is very accurate. This is so whether the wearer is standing on the floor, sitting down in a chair, lying on a bed or moving about in the environment.

Even after being washed a total of 20 times, the antenna at the heart of the T-shirt was pretty much intact and had not undergone any changes in its functionality.

The details about this smart T-shirt are published in the latest edition of the journal Sensors.

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