A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a smartphone-powered suit capable of real-time monitoring athletes’ physiological data such as their posture, running gait and body temperature while they are out on the field.
The smart suit is made up of web-like circuitry with the inductive patterns acting as hubs at strategic locations. Custom-made sensors placed at those hubs can transmit data back to the smartphone and are powered by the smartphone's NFC chip, removing the need for batteries. This reduces a significant amount of weight while enabling the collection of data from multiple areas on the body.
Other potential applications would include clinical diagnosis of spinal disorder and health monitoring. The application can alert the user if any potential danger occurs during physical activity, or allow doctors to access the data for further consultation.
Asst Prof John Ho, who is also from the NUS Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering mentioned, "the smartphone acts as both the source of power as well as the display to view the sensor data. The creation of a smart suit that can be powered using built-in smartphone wireless technology is a major breakthrough."
Source: Tech Xplore, cnBeta