Phyjama: pajamas that monitor and may improve sleep #WearableWednesday
A team out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst is cooking up this comprehensive sleep monitor system. Based on challenges faced in developing the Phyjama (light weight, durable, self powered), I imagine the technologies could be applied beyond sleep-wear.
Researchers have developed pajamas embedded with self-powered sensors that provide unobtrusive and continuous monitoring of heartbeat, breathing and sleep posture—all factors that play a role in how well a person slumbers. The “smart” garments could give ordinary people, as well as clinicians, useful information to help improve sleep patterns.
The key to the smart pajamas is a process called reactive vapor deposition. “This method allows us to synthesize a polymer and simultaneously deposit it directly on the fabric in the vapor phase to form various electronic components and, ultimately, integrated sensors,” Andrew says. “Unlike most electronic wearables, the vapor-deposited electronic polymer films are wash-and-wear stable, and they withstand mechanically demanding textile manufacturing routines.”
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