Blog: Leonie BarrieSmart underwear could save lives

Leonie Barrie | 18 June 2010

Chemical sensors printed directly on elastic underwear waistbands

Chemical sensors printed directly on elastic underwear waistbands

Underpants that could save the lives of their wearers have been created by the University of California San Diego. Chemical sensors printed directly on elastic underwear waistbands can measure blood pressure, heart rate, and other biological markers, and could even trigger the release of life-saving drugs.

Despite stretching, folded and pulling by engineers, the printed electrodes retained their sensing abilities - making them an important new weapon in the diagnosis of battlefield injuries or changes in patients' health status.

But professor Joseph Wang, from the Department of NanoEngineering, who led the research, said: "We didn't plan to make it so sexy. Our approach is scientific. The waistband of the underwear gives you the best contact with the skin where you expect to get a good sampling of the sweat."

Sexy? That's not quite the word that springs to mind. How about "smarty-pants" instead?


BLOG

Digital pieces of the fashion supply chain take shape

The digital pieces of the fashion supply chain puzzle are starting to come together, according to executives at the recent Texprocess apparel technology trade show in Frankfurt, Germany....

BLOG

Latest supply chain leaders?

Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M, Zara brand owner Inditex, and sportswear giant Nike are not only among the world's leading brands, they also have some of the best supply chains too, according to a ...

BLOG

Finding a solution to the sustainability problem

The key message at this year's Copenhagen Fashion Summit was that the global apparel and textile industry needs to take a holistic view on how it tackles sustainability and responsible sourcing – with...

BLOG

Industry welcoming move to renegotiate NAFTA

The US textile industry has welcomed President Donald Trump's decision to renegotiate NAFTA, saying it is in America's national interest to modernise the trade agreement....

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?