Researchers at a University in the U.S. have developed a shirt that can monitor your heart rate. The shirt was created with conductive carbon nanotube fibres that is said to be able to measure your heart rate efficiently and accurately. Researchers at Rice University in Houston, Texas, state that the nanotube fibres sewin into the shirt were successfully able to take a continuous electrocardiogram (ECG) of the wearer. The fibres are just as conductive as metal wires, but washable, comfortable and far less likely to break. When matched with commercial medical electrode monitors, the carbon nanotube shirt gave slightly better ekgs. “THE SHIRT HAS TO BE SNUG AGAINST THE CHEST,” SAID RICE GRADUATE STUDENT LAUREN TAYLOR, LEAD AUTHOR OF THE STUDY. “IN FUTURE STUDIES, WE WILL FOCUS ON USING DENSER PATCHES OF CARBON NANOTUBE THREADS SO THERE’S MORE SURFACE AREA TO CONTACT THE SKIN.” The fibres provided not only steady electrical contact with the weare's skin but also served as electrodes to connect electronics like bluetooth transmitters to relay data to a smartphone.
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