Intimate apparel in the future could monitor the population’s health in real time, if a technical innovation from the US military goes mainstream.
A Fox News report this week revealed that the US Army Medical Research and Material Command office has created underwear that constantly monitors soldiers’ vital statistics including heart rate, skin temperature, respiration and heart rate.
Information from the embedded sensors is wirelessly fed into a central monitoring system where medical professionals can analyse and identify potential problems among its military.
The technology replaces uncomfortable and intrusive straps and wires that currently perform similar tasks, but restrict the wearer’s movements.
The aim of the US Army’s technological advance is to create monitoring underwear that people pull on and then forget – an essential trait if the system is to find its way into civilian underwear.