With the development of smart apparel clothing with an inbuilt heart rate monitor, even clothing can’t escape the advances in technology.
Thanks to the advancement of are stretchable silicon, MC10, a company based in Cambridge Massachusetts has developed this silicon device that enables microchips and electrodes to be implanted within the silicon.
Sportswear company Reebok is working with MC10 in development of this new style of apparel, or smart clothing that could be in the marketplace within the next couple of years. The devices can be used in stretchy material such as spandex to monitor a person’s heart rate during exercise and would be less obtrusive than the current heart rate monitor belts you wear around your chest.
Ultimately they could find their way into everyday garments and could prove to be an amazing way to monitor people’s energy expenditure during the day when tethered to a mobile device such as a smart mobile phone.
The great thing about this new type of heart rate monitoring is it’s application into garments that would be much more comfortable compared to the current hard case pressing against the body.
Once the technology is refined the possibilities are infinite with measuring a persons blood pressure, an athletes gait, strains on the joints and even measuring metabolism can be incorporated into the technology.
This could have wider reaching benefits to the general community to monitor people’s general health and well-being
I think this is an absolutely an awesome technology as it would allow people to truly manage their energy expenditure based on precisely what they heart is doing.
Once tethered to a receiving device the user could determine the calories burned in a day based on their age, height, weight and fitness level.
While the pedometers are a great way of setting daily goals of the number of steps one must achieve her day, having a person know exactly how many calories they burn using real-time monitoring allows the user or their medical practitioner to set calorie expenditure goals while keeping their heart rate within safe levels.