- Title: 'Smart' clothing can boost wearable tech - Singapore researchers
- Date: 16th August 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF RESEARCHER SEATED AND ATTACHING HEART RATE PATCH RESEARCHER PUTTING ON SHIRT, WALKING AWAY SHIRT (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JOHN HO, SAYING: "I'm John Ho, I'm the professor who supervised the development of this T-shirt. This T-shirt increases the wireless connectivity of devices around my body by 1,000 times." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH INNOVATION & TECHNOLOGY, ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, JOHN HO, SAYING: "This T-shirt has certain patterns on it that we are calling metamaterial textiles. What they do is they guide wireless signals that are emitted very close to my body by regular devices that we have around us like smartphones or smart watches." RESEARCHER LOOKING AT SMARTPHONE ATTACHED TO RUNNER'S ARM
- Embargoed: 30th August 2019 12:51
- Keywords: National University of Singapore wearable electronics Wi-Fi body sensors fabric smart textiles
- Location: SINGAPORE
- City: SINGAPORE
- Country: Singapore
- Topics: Science
- Reuters ID: LVA003ASLUQ1L
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- Story Text:Researchers in Singapore have invented 'smart' clothing they say can boost signals and save battery life on wireless devices such as headphones and smart watches.
The invention called "metamaterial" allows radio waves like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to glide across clothing between wearable devices instead of radiating outwards in all directions.
This means sensors and wearable technology such as Apple Watches and AirPods can establish stronger connections faster and save energy, the scientists at National University of Singapore said.
"This T-shirt increases the wireless connectivity of devices around my body by 1,000 times," said assistant professor John Ho, donning a sports shirt laced with comb-shaped strips of the metamaterial textile.
Ho, who oversaw a 10-member team that developed the technology over a year, said it could be used for measuring the vital signs of athletes or hospital patients.
It could also keep signals more secure by transmitting sensitive information close to the body and away from potential eavesdroppers on the radio waves, the scientists said.
The Singapore team have obtained a provisional patent on the design of the textile, which can be washed, dried and ironed like normal clothing and costs just a few dollars per metre to produce.
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