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Now, ‘phy­ja­mas’ to mea­sure heart­beat dur­ing sleep

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Trends -

Re­searchers

have de­signed phys­i­o­log­i­calsens­ing tex­tiles, dubbed “phy­ja­mas,” that con­tain un­ob­tru­sive, por­ta­ble de­vices for mon­i­tor­ing heart rate and breath­ing dur­ing sleep. Re­searchers at Uni­ver­sity of Mas­sachusetts Amherst said the tex­tiles will prove use­ful in health care. Parts of the tex­tile that are pressed against the body are lo­ca­tions where re­searchers can mea­sure move­ments caused by heart­beats and breath­ing. These can be used to ex­tract phys­i­o­log­i­cal vari­ables, re­searchers wrote in the jour­nal The Pro­ceed­ings of the ACM on In­ter­ac­tive, Mo­bile, Wear­able and Ubiq­ui­tous Tech­nolo­gies. “These ad­vances can be use­ful for mon­i­tor­ing el­derly pa­tients, many of whom suf­fer from sleep dis­or­ders,” said pro­fes­sor Tr­isha L An­drew, a ma­te­ri­als chemist.

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