I’m always true to you,darling, in my fashion (Cole Porter) and fashion is becoming smarter. For babies, there are intelligent wearables as diapers that help parents know when to change the baby’s diaper. Another example of intelligent wearables are sensor jumpsuits for diagnosing movement disorders in infants. Many wear intelligent wearables to display heart rates as belts or clothing. For all these, intelligent wearables started with less intelligent intentions as an E-textile for sex over the internet. Intelligent wearables are the present carving out futures for a world developed for smart apps.
Years ago, manufacturers integrated sensors or special wires to add warmth to socks and gear. These minute electronic fibers used conductors that added warmth without bulk for extreme weather conditions. They are called E-Textiles. An e-textile is a fabric developed with electronics in it to enable conductivity and the use of various technologies. Electronic textiles may be embedded with sensors, batteries, LEDs and hands-free computing devices, depending on the fabric’s purpose. That’s old tech. Those textiles are now smarter. Optical fiber embedded fabrics and conductive fabrics are good examples of passive smart textiles. A group of researchers are working on making diapers smarter for alerting parents when baby’s diaper needs changing. Directly to your smart device.
These researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have been studying how to make diapers smarter when wet by sending a signal to your smartphone, according to Neuroscience News. The sensor consists of a passive radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, that is placed below a layer of super absorbent polymer, a type of hydrogel that is typically used in diapers to soak up moisture. When the hydrogel is wet, the material expands and becomes slightly conductive — enough to trigger the RFID tag to send a radio signal to an RFID reader up to 1 meter away.
While active RFID use battery sources, passive RFID systems use tags with no internal power source and instead are powered by the electromagnetic energy transmitted from an RFID reader. Passive RFID tags are used for applications such as access control, file tracking, race timing, supply chain management, smart labels, and more.
So, when available, these smart diapers might increase pricing by about 5-cents per diaper. It’s anticipated that increased use of RFID may match current pricing if popular. The ominous question is whether 1 meter (about 40 inches) is sensible whem parents are mobile with children. I am certain they will have Pamper apps on their phones for alerts.
My view, when it comes to having a baby using diapers, an app-based method of prompting diaper changing is neat. I think that the range should be double but will the baby feel the current. Also, what are long-term benefits or consequences of these smart diapers? Studies of exposure to electromagnetic sources have been inconclusive as harmful to adults. What about babies? But there are other electromagnetic sensor E-textiles of medical benefit.
Another study focuses on sensors in infant jumpsuits as a diagnostic tool. It tracks Automatic Posture and Movement Tracking of Infants with Wearable Movement Sensors.
The study aims to focus on key global healthcare challenges to detect the early recognition of infants that eventually develop lifelong neurocognitive disabilities.
The use of intelligent wearables is believed to be a more accurate method to help monitor infant movements, without using external wires. The sensors are data collectors and the sensors are “read” by diagnostic teams. The garment features a total of four battery operated wireless Suunto Movesense sensors that are mounted proximally in the upper arms and legs. Of course, will the infant feel these?
Suunto Movesense sensors have been used for several years as belts and wearable devices to help measure heart rates in adults. Using Swedish technology, Suunto is compatible for smart apps and intelligent wearables.
According to the researchers, the primary goal of the present jumpsuit setup and analysis was to obtain a temporally rich description of the infant movement activities over periods of time. This information could be used later to support a variety of clinical goals and decision making. In addition, an automated classifier for such movements could be then fine-tuned or adapted for more specialized clinical diagnostics or evaluation of intervention efficacy — tasks for which less training data are typically available compared to the overall infant population available for data collection.
There is an importance to see research expand the use of intelligent wearables or smart textiles for medical testing of children and adults. These may one day replace bulky EKG and EEG wiring systems used for current medical evaluations.
Oddly, the initial designs of the early development of intelligent wearables came in the 1980’s, as teledildonics. Teledildonics evolved as technology for the sex toy market and improved internet-based socialization. As per Gizmodo web site, thanks to a new generation of internet-enabled playthings that fall under the awesomely-named umbrella of teledildonics. These toys let long-distance partners “feel” each other in real-time via data-enabled devices. Yes, intelligent wearables for our more fundamental instincts.
According to Cleo Stiller of Fusion, they’re basically sex toys that can be controlled from the Internet — that is, they can be controlled from anywhere by sending data back and forth between a device and a controller. That means that you can control a sex toy your partner is using and vice versa, thus creating a long-distance version of the kind of physical intimacy that has hitherto only existed when all partners are in the same location. A good example of this would be a vibrator you’re using that your significant other is controlling on their smartphone on the other side of the globe.
Intelligent wearables may have nothing to do with your intelligence levels. Intelligent wearables may make life and living seem smarter. Will wearing intelligent wearables be in your future? Maybe you can check your SmartWatch and share?
Forget about those skin implant tags. Intelligent wearables may track your movements and lifestyles.