Smart textiles to sense illness!

October 22, 2016 12:12
Smart textiles to sense illness!

Did you ever think, clothes and other wearable items can sense your illness and transmit data to a doctor in a distant clinic for monitoring your health and prescribing drugs? Now, an Indian-origin scientist at University of Rhode Island may turn it into a reality.

Kunal Mankodiya, Director of the university’s Wearable Biosensing Laboratory is researching how to transform gloves, socks, clothing and even shoes into high-tech items that will make people healthier and improve their lives.

“We are in the era of game-changing technology, especially in health care,” Mankodiya said.

According to Mankodiya, his research focuses on smart textiles wearable items embedded with sensors, electronics and software that can collect data from patients, even though they are at home, and deliver it to doctors.

“Patients with Parkinson’s face many mobility issues driving and even walking long distances,” Mankodiya, an alumnus of Saurashtra University in Rajkot, Gujarat, said.

“The glove will give patients the option of receiving health care while remaining at home, and it also reduces the risk of falls and other accidents,” he added.

“The socks examine the walking stride,” Mankodiya said in University of Rhode Island statement. “They can quantify movements of the knee and ankle joints to find subtle irregularities that require therapy. The socks also monitor a patient’s progress,” he added.

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