Smart shirt knows when you’re off

AFP-JIJI

French fashion is getting smarter with the help of fabric woven with micro-sensors that can reveal when someone is weary or unwell.

France-based Cityzen Sciences was at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with shirts made of “Smart Sensing” material that reads body heat, heart rate, motion and location.

“The fabric can be made into any clothing: gloves, shirts, pants, you name it,” said Gilbert Reveillon, international managing director at Cityzen, the lead company in a consortium that created the material. “It is the first time ever that we managed to mix these two industries, embedding sensors into textile.”

Sensors in the shirt capture data about a wearer and transmit the information through a small battery-powered unit sewn discreetly where a label typically goes. The data are sent in real-time wirelessly to a smartphone, where an application charts it and alerts people to potential physical problems.

The application can show if a wearer is tired or stressed, or even if a heart attack is coming, according to Reveillon.