Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have invented a new way for wearable devices to interconnect. They incorporated conductive textiles into clothing to dynamically connect several wearable devices at once. This wireless body sensor network allows devices to transmit data with 1,000x stronger signal than conventional technologies, meaning the battery life of all devices is dramatically improved. Wireless networks of these wearable devices on a body have future applications in health monitoring, medical devices, and human–machine interfaces.
Pictured from left: PhD student Mr Tian Xi, Research Fellow Dr Lee Pui Mun and Assistant Professor John Ho, together with seven NUS researchers, took a year to develop the 'smart' textiles. Photo credit: National University of Singapore