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Intellectual suits to monitor health for space voyage

International Space Station (ISS) crew members, Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata (L), Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin (C) and NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio, wave after donning space suits shortly before before the blast off to ISS, at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 7, 2013. They will have the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games torch with them when they blast off for the ISS from the Baikonur cosmodrome, which Moscow rents from Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Kirill Kudryavtsev/Pool (KAZAKHSTAN – Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY SPORT OLYMPICS)Reuters

Termed ‘intellectual suits’, these clothes have been designed and developed by a group of Chinese scientists to revolutionise the process of health monitoring of humans, especially those on space voyage or under hostile weather conditions.

The textile, which was introduced at the 3rd International Conference of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems in Beijing, could detect temperature, ph levels, pressure and other indicators showing the health status of its wearer.

According to Xinhua news agency, Wang Zhonglin, an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences demonstrated the invention and stated that the suit, via wireless transmission, can send signals to a cellphone, a computer, or even to a doctor’s computer who is thousands of miles away, so a person’s health can be monitored anytime and anywhere.

The conference was organized by the Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems which conducts studies in the field of nanoscience and energy. Over 700 scientists from more than 30 countries took part in the conference which dealt with the latest happenings in the field of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems.

The conference was also abuzz with ‘nano tattoos’ which would administer drugs into patient’s veins. The nano tattoos are helpful for people who cannot bear the pain of a  daily diabetics injection or keep the diabetics a private issue.

“Scientists have made prototypes of all these gadgets at the institute’s Technopark. They are expected to hit the market in two to three years” said Wang.

Several other products which could detect the health of its wearer are currently available in the market, including watches, bands, wireless blood pressure monitors, mobile apps and sensors implanted inside the body. These instruments could measure several biological, physical and chemical actions including blood pressure, hormone levels, and other body functions. 

These sensors implanted inside a patient’s body could detect his health conditions and administer correct dose of required medicine or hormone to the person and help the doctors to save a person’s life. Pacemakers, implanted into the chest or abdomen of heart patients to control their heartbeats, are already in vogue.

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