Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Medical clothes--what's your take?

At the University of Rhode Island's biomedical engineering dept, professors and students are working on ways doctors can better prescribe for Parkinson's patients--based on their symptoms.

The approach is to transform gloves, socks, clothes, and shoes into high tech items.

Smart textiles are the focus--wearable items embedded with sensors, electronics, and software that can collect data from patients and deliver it to doctors.

They already came up with a wristband that monitors tremors of people with Parkinson's and sends that info to doctors.

Now--the emphasis is on textiles. Gloves can monitor tremors, too.

They are also working on high-tech socks for people who have suffered strokes. These socks gauge the walking stride and gait.

In the works--smartwatch tech for patients with psychiatric illnesses and autism.  These will measure daily activities.

Incidentally, the URI students are also working on a smart dog collar to scare away coyotes. How do the collars know there is a coyote around? Good question! says the prof. Well...how do they?

As for the human electronic wearables--my question is: What doctor would have time to look at all this messaging...You can hardly get a prescription refilled without six calls or a trek to the office.

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