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Intelligent innerwear for men, likely to save lives
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Jun '10
A new range of men's innerwear or underpants have been designed by a team of US scientists, which apart from being comfortable, stylish and long-lasting, can also save lives.

The technology and designed has been developed by nano-engineering Professor Joseph Wang from the University of California San Diego and his team. This new technology marks new ventures in the field of intelligent textiles and is a part of the focus-shift in healthcare, from hospital-based treatment to home-based.

On the waistband, which is in constant contact with the skin, is printed an electronic biosensor that can be utilised to measure blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs. Although the ink used in this band consists of carbon electrodes, the method used to diagnose the important health signs is almost the same as the conventional screen-printing procedure.

The US military with American troops is funding this project and they are also probably the first recipients of the same. The innerwear can be used to monitor a soldier's injury during battlefield surgery. The ultimate aim is to develop invasive sensors that can locate the injured soldier in field and also identify the type of injury, averred Wang.

The biosensor will also be able to, after detecting the injury, release due medications to relieve the pain and treat the wound. But scientists aim the usage of these men's innerwear to go beyond such military boundaries.

Wang expects that, the biosensors in the innerwear will help provide personal medications while remotely monitoring an elderly person at home. It should also be able to keep track of a wide range of biomedical markers such as the cardiac marker that will aid in recording a probable stroke, diabetic changes and other biomedical related changes.

Currently, extensive research is still being carried out, before these men's specialised innerwear are released in to the market, so as to ensure the system used is long-lasting and comfortable for an individual on the basis of its daily activities.

Although, the demand for long-lasting, wearable healthcare monitoring systems are increasing, there needs to be done extensive research and practicality of the electrochemical sensors integrated within an apparel still needs to be further explored, informed Wang.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk - India

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