Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Medical clothes--what's your take?
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.