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Sportswear developed to monitor your heart rate

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Researchers from mobile network NTT Docomo and materials creator Toray have produced a fabric that can monitor a person's heart rate.

The collaboration has resulted in Hitoe, a material that contains nanofibers capable of monitoring your vitals. The fabric -- which in Japanese means "one layer" -- has postage stamp-sized, light nanofiber squares embedded that collect physical data. If used in a sportswear shirt, for example, these sensors track heart rate, and send that data to a smartphone application.

NTT Docomo is already known for developing health-based apps for mobile devices, and although the obvious application for such technology is athletics -- where heart rate information can give wearers a useful way to measure their performance -- the carrier is also considering the development of pyjamas and other items of clothing.

For wearers with conditions or illnesses that need to be kept in check around the clock, a way to constantly monitor a heart rate in an unobtrusive fashion is another tool healthcare professionals could add to their arsenal.

The sensors are apparently washing machine-proof. 

Via: Huffington Post

Image credit: NTT Docomo

— By on January 30, 2014, 9:11 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure