WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- New wearable tech that monitors animals’ health through fur has been invented by researchers in the United Kingdom.
- This tech has a sensor that can detect vital signs such as breathing and heart rates.
- According to the lead researcher, the device is going to play a major role in monitoring health and detecting diseases early.
Imperial College London Researchers have designed and invented a health-tracking wearable sensor that monitors animals’ health like vital signs through their fur. This first-of-its-kind technology can also be used by people through clothing.
The wearable sensor is a new class. Published on Tuesday, March 3rd, in Advanced Functional Materials, researchers say it can recognize the wearer’s breathing and heart rates. It can also be placed on four layers of clothing to measure vital signs as well, but without direct contact with the skin.
This would be of great help not just for pet owners, but most especially for vets to monitor animals during surgery without having to shave them.
Aside from health benefits, there will be a huge improvement in the performance of K9 dogs such as sniffer dogs in looking for missing persons and detecting bombs.
“Wearables are expected to play a major role in monitoring health and detecting diseases early. Our stretchy, flexible invention heralds a whole new type of sensor that can track the health of animals and humans alike over fur or clothing,” the lead author of Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering, Dr. Firat Guder said.
This new device is made from a silicone-water composite material that holds a microphone to detect sound waves. Because of its elasticity, the tech is sufficiently flexible to mold to the shape of an animal’s fur, any body part where it is placed on, and clothes.
Yasin Cotur, who is the first author of Imperial’s Department of Bioengineering, stated that “the sensor works like a watery stethoscope, filling any gaps between it and its subject so that no air bubbles get in and dampen the sound.”
It tracks the wearer’s physiology in real-time by transmitting the digital signal of the converted sound to a computer.
Source: Good News Network