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Microsoft develops health benefits providing smart scarf
The American computer software manufacturer Microsoft Corporation has developed a new prototype of smart scarf that can manage the wearer’s emotions thereby help him to stay healthy and happy.
The new breakthrough wearable technology product incorporates biometric sensors that can alert wearers about any impending medical complications by providing recorded data of heart and breathing rate as well as skin temperature.
Named as SWARM (which expands to Sensing Whether Affect Requires Mediation), the sensor recorded data, derived from body’s emotional responses, can be fed to a smartphone or computer via Bluetooth which can eventually utilized by the doctors.
Developed on the basis of information gathered from people suffering with autism and hearing and visual disabilities, the flexible laser-cut garment, comprising heat-producing interchangeable modules linked together with metal snaps, is made using industrial felt and conductive copper taffeta.
The scarf was developed by a Microsoft Research team led by the University of Maryland graduate student Michelle Williams.
Established in 1991, the research division of Microsoft, Microsoft Research, employs computer scientists, physicists, engineers and mathematicians to collaborate with academic, government and industry researchers to advance state of the art of computing and solve difficult world problems through technological innovation. (PB)