MIT researchers have created smart clothing that uses special fibers to sense a person’s movement through touch.
Smart fibers can determine whether a person wearing the clothing is sitting, walking, or performing certain positions.
Wearable technology is one of the areas of development around the world. It includes a whole series of smart watches that can measure all kinds of measures of human movement and health, to clothes that are able to monitor a person’s vital signs without having to touch the wearer.
MIT researchers from the Computer Science and Intelligence Laboratory believe Artificial that smart clothing can be used for sports training or rehabilitation.
Innovative materials can also passively monitor health in care facilities supported by user permission, making it easier for semi-independent people to stay safe and warn employees in the event of a fall
MIT researchers have developed a set of prototypes for the wearable materials, including socks, gloves, and protective jackets
The tactile electronics uses a mixture of typical textile fibers and a small amount of functional, pressure-sensing fibers from the wearer.
Says a MIT researcher. It has traditionally been difficult to develop a mass-produced wearable device that provides high-resolution data with multiple sensors. ”
The fabrication of multiple sensor arrays results in some not working, some not as well as others
This team was forced to design a self-correcting mechanism using a self-supervised machine learning algorithm to find out when certain sensors are outside the basic plane and adjust them.
The socks the team designed were Able to predict movement by looking at different sequences of concrete footprints and linking them to different positions as the user moves from one position to another.
Gloves can detect what they are touching, while the smart jacket can recognize the position of the wearer, And activity, and even the feel of the sofa you sit on.
The research team believes that smart clothes can be used in robots. TAT to provide a kind of skin for the robot to provide tactile sensing.
This technology is made using affordable materials and will be relatively easy to mass-produce, and MIT’s work was funded in part by the Toyota Research Institute.