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Smart Fabrics For Biomonitoring

Smart fabrics made from low-cost electronic yarn could lead to a revolution in biomonitoring. In a new study, Nicholas A. Kotov, Chuanlai Xu, and colleagues describe the development of cotton fibers coated with electrolytes and carbon nanotubes (CNT).


(Smart fabric)

The fibers are soft and flexible, like a natural fiber; however, these tiny filaments can conduct electricity when woven into fabrics.

In laboratory tests, the researchers showed that the new E-fibers could light up a simple light-emitting diode when connected to a battery. When coated with certain antibodies, the fibers detected the presence of albumin, a key protein in blood — a function that could be used to detect bleeding in wounded soldiers. The fabrics could also help monitor diseases and vital signs, they say.

You don't say.

Della's first present was an imipolex sweatshirt called a heartshirt…The heartshirt was an even dark blue, except for a few staticky red spots drifting about.

"It can feel your heartbeat … look..."
(Read more about Rudy Rucker's cool heartshirt from Wetware [1988])

Via Physorg.

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