The company Xenoma took advantage of the CES 2018 technology fair to present a wearable creation with a focus on health and monitoring . The alternative revealed at the event is specifically targeted at caring for patients with dementia, but instead of using invasive devices such as chips or any gadget that restrains users’ movements, the Japanese company’s solution is far less troublesome, since it’s a smart pajama.
The purpose of the invention is to provide relevant patient data to accompanying physicians, such as the transmission of basic vital signs in real time and alerts on the movement of the user . The dress is composed of soft sensors distributed around the patient’s body, besides being made of fabric, which guarantees greater comfort for those who wear it.
Smart clothing uses sensors that maintain contact with the patient through tissue that functions as a second skin. In this way, there is no need to apply gels or any other external conductor to establish the connectivity of the monitoring device with the user’s body. The data are collected by two terminals, located in the thorax and the waist of the garment, protected by a more resistant material.
In addition to monitoring heart rate, breathing rate and other body signals, the invention also comes equipped with a gyroscope and an accelerometer to detect patient movement. According to Xenoma, the autonomy of the piece is up to eight hours, but the battery life can be extended with the activation of the energy saving mode. In addition, the piece can be washed more than a hundred times before it begins to show any signs of wear.
The manufacturer reported that the invention is still in testing stages in German hospitals and the forecast for launching for commercialization to the general public is for 2020. The estimated model price is $100.