Summary: Researchers from the National University of Singapore invented clothing that conducts Bluetooth and WiFi to connect all your different gadgets, turning the wearer into a pseudo-human circuit board.
Original authors and publication date: Jonathan Loh and Ruqayyah Moynihan, February 17, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The smart clothes are more element in the list that already includes smartphones, smart car, smart traffic lights, smart refrigerators, smart TV, and many other smart things. Perhaps one day we will also have smart humans.
From the article:
Wearable devices like smartwatches and sensors that monitor your heart rate have, in recent years, become increasingly popular.
For consumers concerned about their personal health and fitness, they’re invaluable — but it seems researchers in Singapore have taken wearable technology to a whole new level.
With rapid advancements in wearable technology and the increasing sophistication of the data they transmit, the need for a way to connect these devices seamlessly and efficiently has become more important — especially for those who use more than one gadget at once.
National University of Singapore researchers cited in NUS News and in Nature Electronics say “smart” clothes they’ve innovated can turn their wearer into a “pseudo-human circuit board”, effectively enhancing connectivity between one’s wearable devices.
Headed by Assistant Professor John Ho from the NUS Institute for Health Innovation & Technology, the research team revealed a “smart” textile that can conduct radio-waves like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the surface of clothing.
Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radio-waves — which almost all body sensors use to connect to smartphones and other wearable electronics — typically radiate outwards in all directions when emitted, resulting in most of the energy being lost to the surroundings.
The result: a drastic reduction in efficiency of the wearable device as much of its battery life is consumed from just attempting to establish a connection with another gadget.