A smart shirt created by Canadian company Myant can measure a person’s blood pressure without requiring an arm cuff.
The Skiin Smart Shirt eliminates the hassle of regular blood pressure monitoring and adds automatic data tracking to share data and trends with medical specialists.
This, and another smart textile innovation from the company – underwear which monitors ECG, HRV, activity, sleep and temperature – will be launched later this year, subject to receiving FDA approval.
Myant, which describes itself as a global leader in the design, development and production of smart textiles, demonstrated its smart shirt at this week’s CES in Las Vegas.
The company’s Skiin Textile Computing platform integrates innovative sensor and actuator technology into the fabrics that surround us every day. The world’s first smart shirt delivers continuous, cuffless blood pressure monitoring in a comfortable and machine-washable polo shirt.
More products are already under development, including clothes which can track slips and falls, driver fatigue and ovulation – and a suite of chemical-sensing markers.
“The result is smart clothing that enables users to proactively manage their health, stay connected and lead longer and more comfortable lives,” explains Myant CEO and founder Tony Chahine.
“Myant’s vision is to build a new platform for human-computer interaction that helps individuals manage and anticipate their health and wellness 24 hours a day, across all life stages,” he said.
“The addition of cuffless blood pressure monitoring to our Skiin Textile Computing platform is a major step forward in empowering continuous monitoring in a comfortable garment.”
Founded in 2010, Toronto-based Myant is creating the world’s first Textile Computing platform that connects humans to the world around them through textile-based solutions. The company has already built an extensive patent portfolio, a talented, multidisciplinary team of data scientists, engineers, programmers, fashion designers and knitting machine technicians; and more than 80,000sqft of advanced manufacturing capacity.
Note: These products are still pending FDA clearance, CE Mark and Health Canada approval, so they are not yet for sale in the US, European economic area or Canada.