Apple has a new patent - this time for smart clothes with integrated sensors woven into the fabric. This will be a serious step forward compared to watches that are already turning into the main wearable gadget for health.
Apple has filed a patent application that describes a soft stretch strip equipped with sensors for monitoring health. The gadget is designed to be woven into fabric. Apparently, the company plans to integrate vital tracking technologies directly into clothing.
According to Digital Trends, even today, Apple Watch smart watches can measure heart rate and take a cardiogram. These functions are likely to migrate into smart clothes. Other possible functions include measuring blood pressure, respiratory rate, and blood sugar and oxygen levels.
According to the application, smart clothes will be connected to another device via wireless communication to control and synchronize data. Most likely, we are talking about the new iPhone and Apple Watch models.
Thanks to the stretchable material, the tracker woven into the fabric will constantly be in contact with the skin in order to efficiently read data. It is not yet clear whether smart clothes will be tight or loose. The patent suggests smart clothes will be durable enough to wash without removing electronic components.
According to experts, smart clothes will be the next step after the Apple Watch to the creation of devices for continuous health monitoring. On the other hand, a patent does not guarantee that development will ever be realized.
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