“Most of us carry smartphones and some of us wear smartwatches. Can smart clothes be close behind?
Researchers at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering think so. They have developed a low-cost sensor that can be interlaced into textiles and composite materials. The researchers believe such a sensor could lead to the development of smart clothing that can monitor human movement.
The technology relies on the principle of piezo-resistivity—an electromechanical response of a material when it is under strain. By detecting piezoresistive changes, the sensors are able to detect minute human movements and can be used for heart rate monitoring or temperature control, explains Hoorfar…”