European scientists design clothing to detect vital signs
A group of researchers working on the EU-funded WEALTHY project have developed a way to record your vital statistics by simply asking you to wear a specially designed shirt. The "smart textiles" employ fabrics with built-in electrophysical properties.
Once the reading is taken, it could then be transmitted to your
doctor's office by networks similar to those used by mobile
phones or directly recorded on your palm pilot via Bluetooth
Researches tested the technology on 15 patients and compared their findings to readings taken by traditional methods used in most hospitals and clinics. The WEALTHY technology proved to be just as accurate as other systems and patients appreciated the comfort of the WEALTHY system.
The most recent findings of the project were presented at the World Congress of Cardiology 2006 in Barcelona, Spain.
The research team included members from Italy, France, Greece,
Germany and Switzerland. Medical support for the project was
provided by cardiologists at the Coronary Care Unit and Cardiovascular
Informatics and Epidemiology Unit of the San Raffaele Hospital
in Milan. The total cost of the project is just under €4
million with around half coming from the European Union.