The science of clothing has evolved drastically. Innovations in the field of textiles are now way ahead. A niche in the field of elite sports wear is apparels that have entered our lives and will monitor our heart beats and other vital signs. Apparels are manufactured with textile based electrodes to receive biophysiological signals from the user. Textronics Inc, has developed a textile based electrode system consisting of a sensor that can be incorporated into garments to monitor the users heart rate, ECG, and other body activities. The company has introduced a line of garments through its brand name NuMetrex Fitness Apparels including Heart sensing sports bra, Heart sensing racer tank and Cardio shirt for men. Textronics Inc is awarded the patent for its textile-based electrode system by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
These garments are made from special conductive sensing fibres integrated into the chest area of the shirt or sports bra. This conductive fabric moves with the body and is completely stretchable. These sensors are woven into the fabric and collect information about the respiration, heart rate, and core temperature, and sends it to a compatible wristwatch through a small GPRS embedded transmitter that is attached to a pocket in the garment. NuMetrex system is compatible with most of the analog heart rate monitor watches like Polar, Nike Reebok, Oregon Scientific, Highfear, New Balance, Accumen, and also with gym treadmills and elliptical machines.
Heart Sensing Racer Tank: This apparel features a special bra with sensing fibres that are knit directly into the fabric and monitors the wearers heart rate. A small transmitter slipped into the pocket in the bra sends data to a monitor. This is a compatible tank with the sensor included in an invisible method. It is made with a quick drying nylon Lycra material. It includes a specific heart beat monitor with calorie counter and gives immediate feedback.
They are priced between $50 to $59 USD. These garments are believed to be a positive replacement over chest straps which may slip, irritate the body, or become loose while at use. People with heart problems, those who are undergoing rehabilitation, those who require constant monitoring and people with problems like sleep apnoea will be most benefited out of this. This can also be used by athletes, basketball players and the bionic woman. These competent and comfortable garments are washable and reusable.
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